Unrest rocks Mpumalanga

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MBOMBELA – The province has been rocked by unrest over the past weeks, with protesters throwing stones, burning tyres and trucks to blockade roads and even threatening reporters and police in some instances.

The main issues are centred on a lack of service delivery as well as unhappiness over the candidates selected by the ANC to represent communities in the forthcoming local government elections.

The Mpumalanga police commissioner, Lt Gen Mondli Zuma condemned violent protests and the damage to property as well as blocking people’s freedom of movement.

He commended the police for maintaining law and order and called on communities to refrain from public violence.

Sabie

February 16: Protesters took to the streets to express their dissatisfaction about the limited availability of electricity and housing for the residents of Sabie and surrounding areas.

Hazyview

February 24: Protesters blocked the R538 by Masoyi over a lack of service delivery.

February 15: Disgruntled ANC members from various branches in town demanded a meeting with the party’s Ehlanzeni regional executive committee. They accused the members of imposing candidates for councillors that communities did not want.

Pienaar

February 17: Business was brought to a standstill at Emoyeni Mall on after residents took to the streets to barricade the road as a way of voicing out their grievances about an ANC candidate for councillor whom they feel is imposed upon them by the party.

KaNyamazane

February 14: A group of protesters took to the N4 near town, closing the road with trucks while protesters objected to ANC candidates selected in the party’s nomination processes for the upcoming local elections

Belfast

February 24: Eighteen people were arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property in Siyathuthuka, after roads were blockaded with burning trucks.

Waterval Boven

January: Residents of Engwenya blocked the N4 with rocks over an increase in rates by eMakhazeni Local Municipality.

  AUTHOR
Mireille de Villiers
Journalist

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