National day of protest: What’s cooking in R’fontein

Solly Mogapi, Randfontein Traffic Assistant Superintendent, Randfontein Traffic Chief Kenny Mapondo and Randfontein Traffic Assistant Superintendent, PJ du Preez.

Early Tuesday morning, Randfontein Traffic Department Chief Kenny Mampondo and his team were ready for the planned protests that were to affect most parts of Gauteng.

From early this morning (8 August) social media and WhatsApp groups were made aware of the various protest hot spots. The protests are mainly about President Jacob Zuma being subjected to a vote of no confidence requested by opposition parties. Adding to this, Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete ruled on Monday that the motion of no confidence will be decided by secret ballot.

Phillip Ramalapa, not impressed with President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta Empire.

This could enable members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to vote against Zuma and put him in a difficult position as he struggles to side-step charges of corruption and accusations of mismanaging the economy.

Read more: SA shuts down as MPs vote

The Herald went to one of the hot spots at Zenzele and found Randfontein Traffic Department, Randfontein Police and the Westonaria Traffic Department personnel on the scene. According to Mampondo, there has been no protest thus far, and Randfontein seems to be unaffected at this stage.

Randfontein Traffic Department ready for any disturbances.

While the Herald was on scene some EFF supporter carrying posters peacefully walked past the Randfontein Traffic officers. They told the Herald that they were on their way to the Rand West City Local Municipality (RWCLM) offices. It seems that Zuma is not the only one under fire. RWCLM Executive Mayor, Mzi Khumalo appears to be in the same boat. The EFF protesters are upset because of the lack of electricity in Zenzele.

The Gupta empire was also mentioned on one of the posters. Mampondo said, “The Randfontein Police are monitoring the situation in Zenzele, but Mohlakeng and other areas are quiet at the moment. Kagiso and Johannesburg are heavily affected by these protests.”

Tumi Mulusi, unhappy about the lack of electricity in Zenzele.

Captain Appel Ernst, Randfontein Police spokesperson said, ” There has not been any problems in our area so far, but the community will be informed if anything changes.”

Areas that have been heavily affected by the protests are Soweto, Southgate, Beyers Naude Drive, Peter and Doreen Road in Roodepoort, Main Reef Road, Dobsonville, the R24 south of Rustenburg Road and Sandton, and the Princess Crossing informal settlement in Roodepoort, just to mention a few.

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