Service-delivery violence flares up in Tatane municipality

2012-07-18 12:49

Twenty-one people are expected to appear in court tomorrow after violence flared up again in Marquard, eastern Free State, after a service delivery protest march.

Police spokesperson Constable Masilela Langa said residents are complaining about the shortage of water and general service delivery problems.
“After the march, protesters became violent and started looting the shops of foreigners,” he said.

The Setsoto municipality, which includes Marquard, made international headlines when activist Andries Tatane was killed, allegedly by police, during a protest march over service delivery on April 13 last year.

The residents were also complaining, among others, about the shortage of water in the area.

The municipality received an allocation of R7 million from the department of water affairs to deal with its water delivery problems.

But Lerato Jabane, the municipality’s acting communications manager, said “more funds are needed to ensure the supply of water to residents because Setsoto is a water-restricted area”.

Jabane said the low rainfall also “exacerbates the challenge of water shortage”.

According to the South African Institute of Race Relations, Free State had the second highest number of service delivery protests (15%) in the first five months of this year.

Western Cape topped the list at 25%.

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