North West protests spread

2012-05-10 20:20

Johannesburg - Service delivery protests in the North West spread to nine villages in the Ganyesa region on Thursday, police said.

"About 144 protesters have been arrested so far for public violence in Ganyesa," said Brigadier Thulane Ngubane.

Residents burned businesses and a community hall in Phofala village. A wholesale shop was looted and vandalised, and R20 000 worth of groceries were recovered.

Those arrested would appear in court soon.

"The main concern of the communities which fall under Kagisano Molopo district municipality was apparently the need for a tarred road linking the affected villages to Ganyesa," Ngubane said earlier.

Residents were outraged because they were promised tarred roads three to four years ago.

Public Works MEC Raymond Elisha was expected to address the Southey village community.

Teaching at primary and high schools was disrupted and pupils were forced to join in the protests, Ngubane said.

"Police are monitoring the situation as the roads continue to be barricaded with trees, tyres and stones."

The other villages affected included Tlhapeng, Dipudi, Tsaodi, Kgokgole, Eliasm and Tshaneng.

  • Stewart - 2012-05-10 20:38

    Don't understand them. They protest now but election time they still vote for the people who is who is the cause of the poor deliverym

      Bertus - 2012-05-10 20:57

      ...The magical yellow T-shirt...

  • Bertus - 2012-05-10 20:42

    Dear Protesting Residents...\r\n\r\n1: Current tar roads are not even maintaned due to lack of funds. (Please keep in mind the tens of millions of rands that our public servants simply take for themselves);\r\n2: Please do not complain tomorrow about the lack of something that you burned down today;\r\n3: Tar roads should be the least of your worries. Our water sources are more and more poluted by unkept sewerage plant;\r\n4: While you take a child out of school to burn and destroy, you are keeping him/her from actually learning something that can be constructive to SA (and not how to start a tire fire or loot a shop...)\r\n5: Please remember these current unkept promises by next election time. And please, when they promise each one of you a unicorn or something, they are using you as a tool. \r\n\r\nRegards,\r\n\r\nStraight Thinker SA

  • Mark - 2012-05-10 21:42

    I know of a place called Madibogo Pan at Wirsing Siding near Kameel in North West. The powerful leaders and their cronies sank boreholes, sabotaged the village water-plant and then sold water to the residents at exhorbitant prices. This went on for years without interference. The chickens are coming home to roost, I think.

  • tlegodu - 2012-07-23 11:11

    Why this?

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