MEC to visit violent protest area

2012-03-20 12:41

Johannesburg - Gauteng local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi will visit Ratanda in Heidelberg on Tuesday in a bid to stop service delivery protests.

Mmemezi's visit comes in the wake of violence on Monday during which houses of councillors, the community hall, and a municipal office were torched.

"The MEC's aim is to assess the damage and help to bring calm back to this community," the department said in a statement.

Earlier on Tuesday police said hundreds of Ratanda residents had gathered on the streets to march over service delivery concerns.

"People are marching down the street. There's no violence at this stage," Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

The march followed the looting of foreign-owned shops overnight.

Dlamini said 48 people had so far been arrested for public violence and were expected to appear in the Heidelberg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

  • Peter - 2012-03-20 12:53

    ..... carefull all road users .... he will dash there with Blue Lights BLAZING!! Careful! Why doesn't he rather sit on his ass in his office and draft an executable plan to BETTER service delivery? Oh cr@p ... forgot ... SABC don't have cameras in his office!

  • Gavin - 2012-03-20 13:13

    it's the simplest solutions that seem to be evading the ANC - DO YOUR JOB, DELIVER ON YOUR PROMISES, STOP STEALING - these simple steps will improve the lives of the people who were stupid enough to vote for you (and those that didn't)

  • J.D. - 2012-03-20 13:16

    In the offices the cadres steal millions, on the streets the comrades loot end destroy millions. How long can this last before it is total collapse. Maybe now people will understand the past better.

  • Irene - 2012-03-20 13:22

    Humphrey Mmemezi is making a trip to calm them down? How? With more empty promises and lies? Time the morons who vote for the ANC catch a fat wake-up. Until then, suffffffferrrrrrr.

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