Johannesburg - The DA opportunistically used a protest in
Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion, for political purposes, the City of Tshwane said
"In their desperate electioneering and last dip for
undecided voters , the Democratic Alliance has decided to compile a list of
demands and grievances about service delivery in the area on behalf of the
community of Olievenhoutbosch," spokesperson Blessing Manale said in a
This was despite the fact that no memorandum of
residents' grievances was presented to the municipality when the protest began
Residents blocked the R55 on Tuesday morning by gathering
in the middle of it.
Earlier, DA representative in the area, Zweli Khumalo,
said Olievenhoutbosch residents were protesting about service delivery issues.
He claimed the protesters' grievances included housing
issues around the relocation of Mooiplaas township residents to
"It is claimed that scores of people have been
waiting for an allocation for more than 10 years, while connected persons have
a number of houses allocated to them which are being rented out," Khumalo
"As a caring party, the DA calls on the African
National Congress-led metro to attend to these burning issues as soon as
In the 2009 elections, ANC won 61.07% of the votes in the municipality. (See News24's drill down here.)
Khumalo said the protest did not continue on Thursday,
but residents were considering further protests later in the week.
Manale said the city's plans to relocate people living in
Mooiplaats informal settlement to Olievenhoutbosch were met with resistance
from some in Olievenhoutbosch.
"These disruptive actions have therefore
necessitated a temporary delay in the relocation to ensure that future plans
are implemented with ease and that persons relocated to Olievenhoutbosch are
safe and secure and accepted as members of the community.
"We regard as opportunistic assertions by the DA
that the disruptive blockade was a sign of service delivery challenges in the
areas and call upon the DA to clarify its stance on violent protest and illegal
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