George mayor asks for 7 days to respond to protesters

2017-07-12 19:10
George Mayor Melvin Naik. (Supplied, DA)

George Mayor Melvin Naik. (Supplied, DA)

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George - Protesters in Thembalethu dispersed on Wednesday afternoon, after George Mayor Melvin Naik asked for a week to respond to their service delivery and housing grievances.

The road leading into Thembalethu remained inaccessible due to debris. Go George buses have been diverted as a precautionary measure.

About 1 000 Zone 8 residents blockaded roads and burnt tyres on Wednesday morning, obstructing the main road and the N2 to Mossel Bay. Public Order Police fired several stun grenades in a bid to disperse the protesters.

George municipality spokesperson Chantel Edwards-Klose said Naik had met with community leaders before addressing the locals.

"He has requested seven days to review and respond to the matter," she said.

Police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie said an unconfirmed number of arrests had been made for contraventions of the Regulation of Gatherings Act and public violence.

"The full extent of the damage has not yet been determined. There have also been reports of sporadic stone throwing at private vehicles," he said.

Police remained on the scene, as the area was still considered volatile.


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