Nomvula Mokonyane to protesters: We understand your frustrations, but ...

2014-02-06 11:32

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Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has condemned the violent protest in Zithobeni, near Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria, where several municipal buildings were torched.

“We understand your frustrations but destroying essential public amenities such as libraries and police stations is not the right way of demonstrating your unhappiness,” she said today in a statement.

“We urge communities to access available platforms to raise their genuine concerns so that perpetrators of violent crimes can be isolated and exposed.”

Protests erupted in the townships of Zithobeni, Rethabiseng and Ekangala near Bronkhorstspruit over the high price of electricity.

Police said several buildings had been set alight since last Thursday, including a clinic, a library and a hall.

A total of seven buildings were set alight during protests in the area. Two people were arrested in Rethabiseng yesterday for public violence and an illegal public gathering.

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) said today the torching of a clinic was a “regrettable tactic” that would backfire soon.

“This tactic equals [the] death sentence to many sick individuals and children in the area,” spokesperson Sibongiseni Delihlazo said in a statement.

“While Denosa respects and acknowledges the genuine demands by members of the community ... burning down a clinic ... equals to sacrificing the sick and vulnerable in the area as a voice box ... which is a cruel and ruthless tactic that must be addressed urgently.”

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