Chaos errupts as black masses flood Cape Town CBD to riot

ctcbd2Chaos erupted in the Cape Town CBD as hundreds of people allegedly protesting against the provincial government flooded the streets and started rioting.

According to the People’s Post, a large police contingent was present outside the government building where protesters vowed to stay until Premier Helen Zille addressed the crowd.

The protest then took a turn for the worse when some of the crowd broke away and began looting stalls and shops in St George’s Mall.

Shop owners and traders were forced to pack away their goods and stop trading in fear of being attacked by a mob of protesters.

A reporter hid in a food store as protesters trashed and looted shops and smashed windows. A shop owner was assaulted by the protesters.

Cape Times reporter Caryn Dolley said loud bangs might have been stun grenades and not petrol bombs. Police sirens could be heard in the city.

People in the CBD have been advised to not venture onto the streets.

The protesters appear to be protesting the provincial government.

Vendors on St George’s Mall are in shock after they were left to fend for themselves when a group of breakaway protesters tore through the mall on Wednesday afternoon. They are now asking where police and security guards were when they were being robbed.

Sitting breathless and traumatised in the foyer of Newspaper House, where a vendor had taken sanctuary with some of his salvaged inventory, he clutched his back as water dripped from his brow where a hard lump of ice had hit him.

Moments earlier he had been in the middle of an angry mob.

“Why are you still open?” they shouted at him and his brother, while throwing packets of Nik Naks, chocolates and torn cartons of cigarettes. He said for every item they threw, the mob snatched and fled with three times as much.

“When we tried to fight them off, they were throwing cans at us. They hit me in the back, the neck, legs… all over,” he said, wincing.

The vendor’s first attempts to escape from the looters were difficult. The 33-year-old is an amputee, who makes do with a rigid prosthetic leg. He slipped and fell twice among the pushing crowds.

“We asked the police before, should we pack up the stall, but they told us ‘no, no, it’s fine’,” he said. “Then when (the protesters) started running down here it was too late.”

He was not the only vendor who questioned how police had managed the protest. Frank Masina, who sells wooden sculptures and novelty chessboards from his stall, said there was no one to help him when the mob began destroying his goods.

“They were throwing my stuff around, smashing my chessboards and chess pieces.”

Brandishing a carved wooden cane, he described how he had desperately swung it at the looters.

“My shop is still standing but I have lost R3 500. I don’t understand. I pay to be here, but nobody looks after us.”

Other vendors said all they could do was stand by as their stalls were plundered. One vendor, who did not want to be named, said a group of looters grabbed handfuls of cigarettes, with some even lighting up as they casually walked away.

As protesters continued to rush through the mall, some shopkeepers picked up the steel poles that held up their stalls and brandished them as makeshift weapons.

One stall owner says his shop was raided three times in the space of one hour by running mobs.

Police officers stepped in the first time he was being looted, dispersing the angry crowd around his stall. But as soon as the police left, his stall was looted again.

According to the vendor, a police vehicle even passed his stall as it was being plundered, and the officers inside chose to ignore it.

“I lost R25 000 in merchandise,” he said.

He questioned why police seemed powerless to stop the looters, and why they had not anticipated the breakaway protest and warned vendors to pack up shop.

Police spokesman captain FC van Wyk said he was not going to comment on claims by vendors that they were left to fend for themselves.

“I will say this, I’m going to ask those shopkeepers to go to the nearest police station and lay charges so we can start investigating.”

The city’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said the police were unable to handle the situation alone, and metro police and Law Enforcement were dispatched to help contain the breakaway protests.

“The breakaway march was illegal. Therefore police did not have enough staff to deal with it.”

  • Roovdwalt

    Are there any white people in this protest? Damn racist protest!!!

  • Rasta Dono

    Nice,I cant wait for the DA rasist boers to fall under black rule in the West cape

    • Guest

      Any Boer that seeks salvation at the feet of the DA will fall. Thank you for not hiding your racist inclinations, it is best if we are honest. You hate white people, I expect it from you – no surprise here. Are you an EFFer or an ANCer?

  • Gas

    Those who read JRR Tolkien’s masterpiece during their high school years, and maybe watched the good movie interpretation in later years, may be able to draw the paralel between Gondor, Land of the Horsemen, and South Africa. In the second book, after being betrayed by Saruman the White, Orcs are unleashed upon the land of Gondor. The Orcs wreak havoc on the land, until the people of the land are forced to retreat, in their state of a peaceful, weak minority, to seek shelter in Helm’s Deep against the hordes of mindless barbarians. A key moment is when the King of Gondor looks out at the sea of mindlessly hateful Orcs and asks: “What can men do against such hatred?”

    Nothing. We don’t have a Gandalf. We are facing a mindless horde of Orcs, bent on destruction.

    • Marthinus

      I have watched it recently and the parallels are striking, not limited to white South Africans but the entire western world. The onslaught is against the “men of the west” and the enemy is relentlessly pursuing the fall of the world of men – everything we built and discovered they want to claim for themselves (as if we are to blame for their shortcomings) and our traitorous kinsmen are helping it along as if they are under the control of some unseen evil that has a hold on their selfish hearts.

      Before the uncountable Orc hoards assaults Minas Tirith (the city of Gondor) the Orc general, Gothmog, revels in the statement “The age of men is over, the time of the Orc has come!”. Tolkein is a pseudo-prophet and he didn’t even know it.

  • Triumph

    Just goes to prove that blacks are just a bunch of lawless animals that haven’t evolved from their ancestors. They should go back to living in caves.