- A controversial protest video had South Africans seeing red
- The footage revealed how a mob broke down the fence and demolished municipal offices in Potchefstroom
- The video had a polarising effect. as some felt that their actions were warranted due to poor service delivery
Unsavoury scenes played out in the sleepy town of Potchefstroom recently.
The unrest was caught on camera and revealed how an angry mob of protesters took to the streets and broke into municipal offices.
After breaking down the fence, the protesters proceeded to dismantle the property, from the parking area to the building itself.
Fires were lit, bricks were thrown and general mayhem was on display.
Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) shared the videos via Twitter on Thursday and it had a polarising effect.
Some empathised with the protesters in light of the mediocre service delivery. However, their actions were frowned upon for the most part.
There were tweeps who also criticised the mass gathering, amidst the concerns regarding the coronavirus.
Daz (@Daz42876837) asked,
"Are this people really that stupid,? Don't they believe that the Corona virus is serious?"
Twitter user @MdakaZak added,
"These ones deserve rubber bullets straight to the nearest cell."
Frankenstein 12 (@morneb12) sided with the mob:
"People are fed up, Sir! Load shedding, poor services, no clean running water etc. They collect people's money, don't pay Eskom and other organisations. What do these municipalities do with the money. Every council is bankrupt! It is insane and I feel there anger!"
Sisonke Peoples Forum (@PoliticsSPF) responded,
"Vandalising government property should declared treason, just like corruption, looting by government employees."
In February, Briefly.co.za also reported on the protests taking place in Soweto.
Residents refused to cough up to settle the R18 billion owed to Eskom, as they feel is it a basic human right.
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