Public Protector, Shiceka to visit trouble-torn Balfour

2010-02-17 15:06

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Cooperative Governance

Minister Sicelo Shiceka will tomorrow visit the Siyathemba township in Balfour,

the scene of a violent service delivery protest.

In a joint statement today, Madonsela and Shiceka said they would

meet local ward councillors to establish what “the bottlenecks hampering service

delivery are .?.?. and come up with solutions”.

They would also meet community leaders at the Dipaleseng Local

Municipality chamber, said Madonsela’s spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi.

Siyathemba residents took to the streets last week, burning

municipal offices and a library, and uprooting Eskom poles to barricade the

streets.

Several people, including three minors, were arrested for public

violence.

The three minors were released on bail of R500 each by the Balfour

Magistrate’s Court last week and are being held in a place of safety pending

their next appearance tomorrow, Sergeant Sam Tshabalala said today.

 


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