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PHOTO: Siphelele Nketo A water tank was set alight during the Kokstad unrest.

PHOTO: Siphelele Nketo A water tank was set alight during the Kokstad unrest.

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“The march was scheduled to start at 11am, but started earlier than the agreed time and community leaders were told that by 2pm they had to leave the municipal buildings.

“But things didn’t go as planned. Officials from the provincial government were available to accept memorandum, but unfortunately, community leaders refused to hand it over saying they want the deputy president to accept the memorandum, which was impossible for the municipality to arrange,” said Myisa.

The memorandum was not delivered instead angry community members threw stones at the municipal building and started a fire.

Msiya denied claims that the municipality does not want to release the Ernest and Young report to the public.
“The municipality has nothing to hide about the outcome of the report. As soon as we have finished with it we will make it available to the public.”

Kokstad Concerned Resident’s Association leaders who organised last week’s march defended themselves putting the blame on the municipality for granting them permission to march without the availability of the deputy president.
Mawethu Nocanda, Mziwamadoda Sogayise and Eric Nkamba arrived at Fever offices to talk about the march which turned violent.

Nocanda said the march started before 11am as arranged with the municipality, but blames police for forcing them to start at 10.30am.

“Vandalism and looting of shops in Kokstad was not done by people who took part in the march. Kokstad criminals took advantage of the situation to vandalise shops and burn tyres on the road.

“We apologise to Kokstad businesses and the municipality for the damage that has affected the Kokstad economy.

According to Section 34, before granting a march, five parties should be involved - the magistrate’s office, SAPS, traffic department, municipal police, mayor and the municipal manager, but what surprised us was that the municipality granted the march without the court manager, mayor and traffic officers.

“In all the march was said to be illegal­ by the municipality,” said Sogayise­.

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