Govt 'won't tolerate' violent protests

2010-02-25 13:25

Cape Town - The Cabinet reiterated its view on Thursday that violent protests and general lawlessness will not be tolerated.

Briefing the media on Thursday, following Cabinet's regular fortnightly meeting on Wednesday, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said the meeting had discussed the protest action taking place in some parts of the country.

"And Cabinet wishes to re-assure communities throughout the country that we have heard your concerns," he said.

Service delivery

The government had already declared 2010 the year of action to deal with communities' most urgent needs.

"We have a plan to increase the capacity of local government to enable them to expedite service delivery to all our communities.

"At the meeting, President Jacob Zuma urged ministers to prioritise all areas that still lack basic services as it is very difficult for government to justify the tough conditions communities are experiencing.

"However, violent protests and general lawlessness cannot and will not be tolerated.

"Communities are urged to protest peacefully and within the framework of the law," Chabane said.