Govt: Delivery protests more violent

2014-09-03 11:47
(File photo, Beeld)

(File photo, Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - There has been an increase in violence, threats, and intimidation against councillors in Gauteng during service delivery protests, the co-operative governance department said on Wednesday.

"The province also lost over R70m in social facilities destroyed during the violence," MEC Jacob Mamabolo said in a statement.

Councillors from Gauteng municipalities attended a two-day conference on Monday and Tuesday themed "Building popular democracy and people's power".

Mamabolo said the department wanted to discourage "the apartheid culture of violence" that had taken root in communities. He said differences could be resolved through discussion.

"The culture of violence stifles development in our communities and must come to an end. Clinics, schools, libraries are not public enemies, then why should they be targeted whereas they are intended as instruments of bringing much needed help and support to communities?"

He said no amount of anger could justify the destruction of community assets.

A review of ward councillors' effectiveness would be conducted.

"We have noted that there is some level of public distrust in elected representatives and we cannot effect a radical social and economic transformation if we do not change the way government works and relates to society," Mamabolo said.

Forty-six women had graduated after completing the women councillors' skills development programme, he said.

Read more on:    protests  |  service delivery

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.