Bekkersdal protests: R11.2m in damage

2013-10-29 08:25

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Bekkersdal protesters in the west of Johannesburg have caused an estimated R11.2 million in damage to municipal buildings over the past six weeks.

Westonaria municipality spokesperson Kgabane Madiehe said the Paul Nel community hall, a gymnasium, a mobile library and the municipal offices were damaged during protests, Beeld newspaper reported today.

He said it would cost about R4.8 million to fix the community hall and gymnasuim, while damages to municipal offices in Bekkersdal and the city centre were R2.6 million and R3.2 million, respectively.

It would cost about R600 000 to get the mobile library up and running again.

Residents, claiming corruption in the local municipality, threw stones and set buildings alight in protests that started last month.

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