Lillydale quiet after protest over water

2012-05-08 11:07

Bushbuckridge - Lillydale in the Bushbuckridge municipality was quiet on Tuesday morning following service delivery protests in which nine people were arrested, Mpumalanga police said.

"It is all quiet this morning," said Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi.

Police were still in the area.

"Residents... went on the rampage. They burnt municipal offices and a Caterpillar grader," Hlathi said on Monday.

The residents were demonstrating their dissatisfaction over municipal water which was unfit for consumption.

According to the 2012 Blue Drop Report, the water of 14 municipalities, including Bushbuckridge, did not meet government standards. Residents were advised to treat the water by boiling it or adding bleach before drinking it.

The nine people arrested would appear in the Bushbuckridge Magistrate's Court soon on charges of public violence and arson.

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  • Nigel - 2012-05-08 11:15

    VOTE FOR THE DA, & get clean drinking water!!!!!!!!!

      Kathleen - 2012-05-08 11:35

      hold an election there next week, and guess which party those same protestors will vote back into power?

      Peter - 2012-05-08 12:36

      Kathleen is right, even when faced with the truth of corruption and fraud they continue to vote the same people back in... Residents of the area please vote for someone, anyone, besides ANC

      Sean - 2012-05-08 14:24

      Just funny that these pro ANC bull sh@tters don`t comment on this article. Tumisang and Thando , where are you ??? lol

  • Martin - 2012-05-08 11:23

    let them drink bottled water and eat cake. you voted for that water people.

  • craig.a.salter - 2012-05-08 12:14

    I drank water from the welkom taps and survived. but he quality of the water is horrid

  • philschalkwyk - 2012-05-08 12:17

    Good! The chickens have come home to roost!

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-08 12:35

    No ANC pro person able to digest this article. They to high on their horses right about now. Higher u are the harder the fall.

  • Elize - 2012-05-08 13:02

    Hell, wonder who told them to add bleach before drinking the water??

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-08 13:24

    This cannot be true. The great Mathale is in total control of the province.

  • hlongwanech - 2012-05-08 13:41

    viva community viva!!!!!

  • creaturemabanga - 2012-05-08 13:41

    this so sad

      creaturemabanga - 2012-05-08 13:43

      we voted for the wrong party.

  • Pastoor - 2012-05-08 15:09


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