Protesters arrested for public violence

2017-05-18 06:02
 Photo: suppliedThe burning tyres on the R102 that Waterloo residents initiated.

Photo: suppliedThe burning tyres on the R102 that Waterloo residents initiated.

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Pullan also denied the allegations and said they are not giving jobs to friends.

“Before the construction work resumes, a construction company has to inform the ward councillor about the job. And the ward councillor will appoint a CLO [community liaison officer] to work with the contractor to hire people. The councillor does not give jobs.”

Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Mark Prakasim said: “About 200 people blocked the road with burning tyres. When the police arrived to address them, the protesters stoned them. Two police vans were damaged. We can confirm that six people were arrested for public violence.”

The suspects appeared briefly in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court for public violence last Monday. The case was postponed to May 16.

 

SIX people were arrested for public violence after a group of 200 protesters took to the Waterloo streets last Friday demanding jobs from construction companies near Sibaya.

They gathered in the morning and barricaded the R102 with burning tyres and rubble, hurling stones at the police and damaging two vans.

They claimed that ward councillors, Johnson Chetty and Geoff Pullan are giving jobs to “outsiders”.
Nomzamo Ngcobo (36) said that residents coming from outside their ward take their jobs.

“I have seen people coming from as far as Amaoti working for construction companies in Ward 58. The councillors must give us answers.”

However, the two councillors denied the allegations and said the protest was politically motivated.

“There are people in the ward trying to destabilise the ward by inciting violence among the community.
“I can confirm that the protest was politically motivated. Our protocol states that a resident from another ward is not allowed to get a job in another ward. The protocol also states very clearly that the first people to be considered for jobs when there is a project in a ward, are the ones in the particular ward where construction is taking place. We are working with the Ward 58 councillor [Geoff Pullan] to resolve the situation,” said Chetty.

Pullan also denied the allegations and said they are not given jobs to friends.

“Before the construction work resumes, a construction company has to inform the ward councillor about the job. And the ward councillor will appoint a CLO [community liaison officer] to work with the contractor to hire people. The councillor does not give jobs.”

Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Mark Prakasim said: “About 200 people blocked the road with burning tyres. When the police arrived to address them, the protesters stoned the police. Two police vans were damaged. We can confirm that six people were arrested for public violence.”

The suspects appeared briefly in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court for public violence last Monday. The case was postponed to May 16.

 

 

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