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Police must do more in Ratanda: Mmemezi

2012-03-21 20:00

Johannesburg - The police must do more to bring peace and protect properties in Ratanda, Heidelberg, Gauteng Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi said on Wednesday.

"The law must be strictly enforced and... the police must ensure that law and order is restored in Ratanda," Mmemezi said in a statement.

"I am disturbed that despite the police presence, more properties were destroyed yesterday. This is cause for concern."

Mmemezi visited Ratanda on Tuesday after residents gathered on the streets to march over service delivery concerns. The visit came in the wake of violence on Monday during which houses of councillors, the community hall, and a municipal office were torched.

Mmemezi said residents' behaviour had to be discouraged in post-apartheid South Africa.

"It is clear that water cannons do little to break up the crowds. The public order policing must strengthen their hand and might and make sure that these unruly crowds are brought under control," he said.

Mmemezi said he was worried about the protection of councillors and their homes.

Residents were supposed to raise their concerns in an "orderly and peaceful” manner, he added.