More arrests made in Uitenhage protest

2013-11-15 19:24
(Shutterstock [])

(Shutterstock [])

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

Johannesburg - Nine more people were arrested on Friday during a protests in Langa, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police said.

"They were arrested for public violence and contempt of court," said police spokesperson Gerda Swart.

The area was quiet, but police were still keeping watch.

"The situation in the township remains tense but stable with police monitoring the situation very closely. Late yesterday [Thursday], isolated incidents of tyre burning in the streets were reported."

She said four other people were arrested on Thursday.

The Nelson Mandela metro appealed for calm and stability in the area.

"We understand clearly the stressful situations that our people find themselves in due to lack of houses... We urge our people to be patient and avoid being misled and used as a tool for political point scoring," Deputy Mayor Chippa Ngcolomba said.

He said the three-day violent protest in Kwalanga, Rosedale and surrounding areas was fuelled by criminality and opportunism.

"The high rate of service delivery in Uitenhage gives us comfort that these incidents have absolutely nothing to do with service delivery. They also have nothing to do with lack of information and consultation."

A municipal health and wellness office, an ANC's house, and a DA office were set alight. Several shops were looted.

The protests erupted on Wednesday after the municipality demolished illegally built houses, police spokesperson Basil Seekoei said on Thursday.

The DA said the slow pace of housing delivery, high levels of unemployment, and political infighting were the main causes of the violence.

"The painfully slow pace of service delivery from this ANC government has frustrated communities who continue to live in poverty while ANC cronies fight over positions and patronage rather than fighting for the people," said Gustav Rautenbach, DA chief whip in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

"The mayor and deputy mayor must attend to this crisis and ensure that calm is restored to the Uitenhage community as a matter of urgency," he said.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  east london  |  protests  |  service delivery protests

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.