Violence rises in Buffalo City

2012-08-11 16:34

In the past 18 months, protest action has increased across Eastern Cape with violence in Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City spreading to smaller municipalities.

In Buffalo City, mayor Zukiswa Ncitha has attended numerous crisis meetings to calm angry crowds, including residents of Mdantsane’s Unit P.

Local residents’ association chairperson Mphuthumi Ntlanganiso, who regularly mobilises protests, said this was the only language government understands.

“I don’t know whether its officials or the politicians but promises never get followed up and you never see leaders until you go to the street. Then the mayor will come, and I always ask myself why it must be so,” he said.

Ntlanganiso also said the trend of using protests about genuine grievances to hide political agendas worked against them.

“Now it becomes harder to trust that what we’re raising is genuine,” he said.

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