REC looking to resolve issues in Driefontein

2016-04-27 06:00

DRIEFONTEIN residents took to the streets on Monday morning blockading the road with trees and burning tyres making the area inaccessible, said Umhlali SAPS spokesperson Vinny Pillay.

He said an estimated 50 individuals took part in Monday’s protest action, but no one was arrested and no property was damaged.

Monday’s protest action comes after residents in the area protested last week apparently over service delivery, the Ward councillor vacating his position and their dissatisfaction with the ANC’s process of nominating candidates to stand for elections. It is believed this week’s protest was mainly caused by the latter.

Last week protesters allegedly set the community hall alight and a number of them were arrested for violence.

ANC Greater KwaDukuza Region spokesperson Lucky Makhathini said the party’s Regional Executive Committee (REC) met with protesters on Monday, 25 April, afternoon.

He said this meeting comes after the REC met with the Drienfontein’s Branch Executive Committee (BEC) last week regarding the protest action that ensued then.

Makhathini said the main issue raised by protesters this week Monday was that they are not satisfied that the process for nominating candidates to contest local elections was followed accordingly.

He said the party’s regional leadership will consider issues raised by the BEC last week and those raised this past Monday by the protesters and decide on the best way to resolve the matter.

On Tuesday morning there were no reports of protest action in the area.

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