Protest over roads, 'Mandela church'

2012-05-21 15:51
Johannesburg - Residents in Ludeke in the Eastern Cape burned tyres on the R61 on Monday in a demonstration described by police as a service delivery protest.

More than 600 people, including schoolchildren, began protesting on Monday morning, police spokesperson Captain Mlungisi Matidane said.

Residents wanted tarred roads and the renovation of a church.

"Residents believe that former president Nelson Mandela got married in this church," Matidane said.

No arrests had been made and the protest had abated by Monday afternoon.

Mbizana local municipal manager Simphiwe Thobela said on Monday the tarred roads were discussed with residents.

"We are busy dealing with issues raised about the road construction."

He could not confirm whether the church renovation was one of the matters discussed.

- SAPA
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