MEC to visit violent protest area
Johannesburg - Gauteng local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi will visit Ratanda in Heidelberg on Tuesday in a bid to stop service delivery protests.
Mmemezi's visit comes in the wake of violence on Monday during which houses of councillors, the community hall, and a municipal office were torched.
"The MEC's aim is to assess the damage and help to bring calm back to this community," the department said in a statement.
Earlier on Tuesday police said hundreds of Ratanda residents had gathered on the streets to march over service delivery concerns.
"People are marching down the street. There's no violence at this stage," Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.
The march followed the looting of foreign-owned shops overnight.
Dlamini said 48 people had so far been arrested for public violence and were expected to appear in the Heidelberg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.