Meeting after violent Ratanda protests

2012-06-06 16:51

Johannesburg - A meeting will be held to discuss electricity issues which sparked violent protests in Ratanda, the SA Local Government Association (Salga) said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Malebo Tau said the meeting was organised following the protests held in March this year.

"Violence erupted when defiant residents, armed with rocks, glass bottles and petrol bombs, burned down a municipal building adjacent to a police station."

She said at least eight councillors' houses were torched while all municipal-owned buildings in Ratanda were burned down.

"The issues highlighted for the protest were with regard to power cuts as well as high electricity rates and billing," Tau said.

She added that Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi would be among those attending the meeting, which will be held in Heidelberg on Friday.