Two water contractors attacked in Majakaneng

2015-02-08 21:59

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Johannesburg - Two contractors have been attacked in Majakaneng, the North West provincial government said on Sunday.

The attack happened on Saturday night, hours after premier Supra Mahumapelo had visited the area, acting spokesperson Bonolo Mohlakoana said in a statement.

The contractors had been appointed recently to work on restoring water to the area.

Mahumapelo said: "This development is certainly going against the peaceful mood that prevailed yesterday [Saturday] in Majakaneng.

"We are however content about the arrest of one of the suspects who are linked to this displeasing incident, and we call for the law to take its course."

He encouraged the community to allow contractors space to deliver on the task at hand, and to isolate criminal elements who were using the plight of the community for their own interests.

Mahumapelo further called for the deployment of increased law enforcement personnel to the area to ensure security was tightened around key water installation sites.

On Thursday, technicians were sent to Majakaneng to resolve water problems in the area, after several days of violent protests during which locals demanded water and electricity.

Protesters have been demanding water there for years.

During protests last year, one resident said taps had been dry since 2005.

When the unrest started on Monday, protesters looted two foreign-owned shops and set alight a bus, and barricaded parts of the N4.

Seven people were arrested and would face charges including public violence and malicious damage to property.

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