Kaunda calls for calm in Greytown

2019-02-27 06:01
photo: andile sitholeMEC for Community Safety Mxolisi Kaunda addresses residents.

photo: andile sitholeMEC for Community Safety Mxolisi Kaunda addresses residents.

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MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, called for calm and stability following a protest that lasted for two days in Greytown last week.

Kaunda told protesting residents to refrain from resorting to violence. In his address at the scene, where the protesters had barricaded a road with burning tyres, Kaunda­ also warned that the law will take its course should residents continue barricading roads with burning tyres.

“I urge you to stop blocking the roads. You cannot continue blocking the roads while negotiations are underway. In this community there are people taking medication. People should be allowed to go to hospital to get their medication. Our struggle should not affect the children going to school.

“Allow us to negotiate with your representatives and do not block the roads. According to the South African laws, you are not allowed to barricade the roads with burning tyres, throw rocks, and burn people’s vehicles,” Kuanda said.

He also advised residents to allow the municipality to collect the refuse from Enhlalakahle. Although residents were visibly displeased with the MEC’s explanation, Kaunda­ added that anyone found on the wrong side of the law would be prosecuted.

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