Copesville youth turn violent

2011-09-12 00:00

ORLANDO Pirates supporters’ celebrations in Copesville were cut short on Saturday when youths embarked on a chaotic service delivery protest in the early hours of yesterday, blockading the road.

Youth of the Pakis area in Copesville ward 29 blocked the road with stones and burning tyres. Fire-fighters, paramedics and police stood by to monitor the protesters, who were threatening a group of the area’s elders who opposed the protests.

The group of youths became violent and used vulgar language when the elders started removing the stones and putting out fires.

Said a woman mother who did not want to be named, “These people are drunk and they know nothing about developments. They should give the councillor time to settle. After some time they will see development in the area. They don’t even come to community meetings to voice their grievances.”

Ward committee chairperson Samuel Vundla, who was trying to calm the violent youths when they did not want to disperse, said, “They did not consult me to notify the councillor about their problems.”

The group said they want jobs and electricity.

Ward councillor Thandi Ndlovu said services are coming to the people, and they should wait.

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