Protests sparked in Mandeni

2016-05-25 06:00

ON Monday residents of Dark City in Mandeni, went on a protest reportedly over employment issues in the area.

KZN SAPS spokesperson, Major Thulani Zwane said protesters damaged property and blocked roads complaining about the possible candidate to contest this year’s elections as well as a lack of service delivery.

“They allegedly damaged his [candidate’s] property, the water pipes in the area and the local carwash.
“Public Order Police were alerted and the unruly crowd fled on foot. Sundumbili police are investigating cases of malicious damage to property and no arrests have been made at this stage.
“Police are still in the area, monitoring the situation,” said Zwane

On Tuesday a press briefing was held by the ANC’s regional secretary Thabani Mdlalose, his deputy Zibuyile Matozi Khuzwayo-Dlamini and regional spokesperson Lucky Makhathini.

They urged those who are unhappy about the party’s processes to follow the correct procedures to raise such issues.

Khuzwayo-Dlamini said the purpose of public meetings is for the organisation to make the public aware of the nominee list and that community members do not choose who will stand for elections.

She said what could likely lead to protests over nomination lists is that those who do not top the list due to receiving the least votes during a branch general meeting would then mobilise certain members of the community to protest against the individual with the most votes.

Makhathini said, however, that all processes, from the nomination of candidates to their introduction of at a public meeting, are equally taken into consideration before a candidate is officially appointed.

“This is one of the most united regions in this province but we believe that there are people who are trying to muddle our unity through protests,” Mdlalose, adding that factions within the organisation can be ruled out.

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