E Cape protest meeting cancelled

2012-04-14 17:30

Johannesburg - A meeting to address violent protests in the Nelson Mandela Metro in the Eastern Cape was called off amid concerns for residents' safety, local government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane said on Saturday.

"We will reconvene this meeting with the local community to address a number of issues so as to eradicate any animosity amongst our people," Qoboshiyane said in a statement.

"We can't then, when we are busy with our programme of building better communities, have the very same people government is helping, fight against one another to the extent of torching homes."

Earlier, his spokesperson, Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha, said the Saturday morning meeting was called off amid concerns around Qoboshiyane's safety.

Qoboshiyane was meant to address residents at Port Elizabeth's Chatty Hall following violent protests in the area earlier in the week that had seen several homes torched.

"Nothing will ever be allowed to derail government programmes in this municipality. Anyone disrupting these programmes and attacking our people, is attacking the programmes of the ANC," said Qoboshiyane.

He had visited families whose homes had been torched.

"Having visited the community this morning, I am of the view that the violence ensuing in this community is baseless and must come to an end," he said.

"One is worried that we might have more attacks in the evening. Protecting our people must be a priority. We don't want more houses to be torched, we don't want other families to lose their homes, we don't want local communities to be victimised by others," said Qoboshiyane.

He said he had asked the Nelson Mandela metro and the provincial human settlements department to assist those who had been displaced.

  • donald.perumal - 2012-04-14 17:51

    Hi All Violent protests come about because the "people are fed violent rhetoric and unrealistic expectations" are traded to win votes in branches and in the Youth League.Soon nobody will be able to control the masses when they ask for the mineral wealth that has been promised. Most of our politicians are immature spoiled brats who think they can fool all of the people all the time!

      farmfreund - 2012-04-14 18:44

      If i have 1c and tomorrow 2c my circumstances improved by 100%, these people have nothing, it is so easy for the government to make a 100% improvemnet in their lifes but no, lets rather make empty promises, people wake up even if you vote for the Pirets it is better than these scum bags

      Godfrey - 2012-04-14 20:51

      Notice how many time "our people" and "ANC programmes" are mentioned. This is the precisly why the people in that ares are protesting. ANC not looking after the coloured community to punish them for voting DA in the last local election.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-14 18:06

    Our government has lost all interest in the welfare of the people. They are all talk, but no action. They have made unrealistic promises, and created expectations that they have no hope of ever fulfilling. There is not enough money for them and the people of this country, so the people's needs are sacrificed. They are the cause of these protests, they created this frustration and if they don't deal with it firmly and decisively, anarchy will follow, which will make the protests of the 80's look like a tea party.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-04-15 04:53

    Despite all the empty promises and non delivery of services, come election time they still vote ANC!! They deserve what they get!! Peckerwoods!!

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