Standerton saw peaceful weekend - Police

2009-10-19 07:26

The Sakhile township in Standerton, which has seen a wave of

service delivery protests in past weeks, experienced a peaceful weekend,

Mpumalanga police reported today.

“It was a quiet weekend,” said Senior Superintendent Sibongile


However, a strong police presence remains.

“We are not going to remove the police for now. We will keep on

patrolling,” said Nkosi.

On Friday, residents said they were awaiting feedback from the

African National Congress this week.

The township saw violent protests in recent weeks with residents

complaining about bad service delivery and demanding the resignation of the mayor

and councillors.

On Thursday, ANC national executive committee members Fikile

Mbalula and Malusi Gigaba visited Standerton for day-long meetings with

municipal and provincial officials, church organisations, community leaders and

local party structures.

The ANC said its national working committee (NWC) would discuss the

report from Mbalula and Gigaba today.

“The NWC will interact with the report accordingly. We call upon

the Sakhile community to give the ANC time to consider their service and other

concerns as raised with the task team,” the party said.

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