Service delivery protest not as violent as the norm

2016-03-09 06:00

DAKADAKA (ward 7), in Maphumulo, residents barricaded the road with stones during a service delivery protest on Saturday, 5 March.

KZN SAPS spokesperson, Major Thulani Zwane said the community was complaining about a lack of electricity, water and infrastructure in the area.

“Four suspects aged 25 and 38 were arrested and charged with public violence and were expected to appear in court on Monday. No injuries or damage to property was reported,” said Zwane.

Maphumulo mayor Happy Ngcobo said because she was engaged in other commitments, municipal representatives were deployed to the scene to address the protesters.

She said an agreement was reached that a public meeting would be held where the relevant stakeholders – namely iLembe District with regards to water and the municipality and Eskom with regards to electricity – would be present.

IEC’s Paul Daniel said the protest disrupted the voter registration station in the area. He said, however, on Sunday no disruptions were experienced.

Daniel said there were no other stations that were disrupted. He said a large number of people came out to register throughout the district.

People can still register at IEC’s offices during weekdays and the weekend of 9 to 10 April has been set aside for registration, said Daniel.

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