Truce in Villiersdorp
Cape Town - The Theewaterskloof municipality on Thursday said it had made peace with Villiersdorp residents following violent protests.
It met with the police, the Villiersdorp Civic Organisation and the co-operative governance and traditional affairs department on Wednesday to seek an end to protesting.
The civic organisation handed over its memorandum of demands on Monday. Residents of Goniwe Park caused chaos the same day, destroying public facilities and setting their community hall alight.
The municipality sent a written reaction to the memorandum, but the civic organisation rejected it.
Wednesday's meeting ended with the municipality committing itself to optimal service delivery, which had been the gripe of many frustrated residents, according to a joint statement issued by the parties involved.
"At this meeting it was realised that there were not substantial differences between the views of the parties," the statement read.
"The protesters expressed their understanding of the limitations of the municipal abilities and capacities to provide services. All parties agreed that good service delivery to the community is non-negotiable and welcomed the restored law and order in the town."
The co-operative governance department would monitor the implementation of the resolutions on a quarterly basis.