4 held in Uitenhage protest

2013-11-15 14:28
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Johannesburg - Four people were arrested for public violence during a service delivery protest in Langa near Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police said on Friday.

"Police have arrested four suspects since yesterday [Thursday]," said police spokesperson Marinda Mills.

She said the situation in Langa was tense.

"The situation in the township remains tense but stable with police monitoring the situation very closely. Late yesterday [Thursday], isolated incidents of tyre burning in the streets were reported."

The protests erupted on Wednesday after the municipality demolished illegally built houses, Police spokesperson Basil Seekoei said on Thursday.

He said residents set fire to a municipal health and wellness office, an ANC councillor's house, and a DA office. Several shops were looted.

The DA said the slow pace of housing delivery, high levels of unemployment, and political infighting were the main causes of the violence in Langa.

"The painfully slow pace of service delivery from this ANC government has frustrated communities who continue to live in poverty while ANC cronies fight over positions and patronage rather than fighting for the people," said Gustav Rautenbach, DA Chief Whip in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

"The mayor and deputy mayor must attend to this crisis and ensure that calm is restored to the Uitenhage community as a matter of urgency," he said.

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