Wesselton mops up after protests

2011-02-17 14:15

Ermelo - Wesselton residents began mopping-up operations on Thursday after days of violent protests left streets strewn with rubbish and rubble.

"I am removing this rubble because it is blocking my driveway, I cannot wait for the municipality to do so," said Jack Mkhonza, as he removed a heap of burnt tyres.

Protesters went on the rampage on Monday over a lack of service delivery, unemployment and the councillor nomination lists for the forthcoming municipal election.

Msukaligwa municipal spokesperson Surprise Ngcongo said the municipality could not risk the lives of its workers by sending them to clean the streets.


The municipality could not let its vehicles and essential services personnel drive around the township "for fear of malicious damage to property and victimisation," he said.

The protests were suspended on Wednesday pending a community meeting on Monday.

Community leader Dumisani Mahaye said residents believed a message had been sent to senior ANC leaders in the region that there was a crisis in Ermelo.

They would decide on their next step of action on Monday after a report back from senior ANC leaders in the Gert Sibande district.

While the situation was calm on Thursday, police in armoured vehicles drove around the township.

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  • Baboon - 2011-02-17 14:27

    Why should they use ratepayers money to clean up? Well done to the municipality.

      Flee - 2011-02-17 15:02

      Hear Hear... Why the hell should we finance the clean up for their little hissy fit.... I would say they should all be doing Community services in the area to beautify it again!!! let alone just pick up their shit....

  • Hendrik - 2011-02-17 14:38

    Stupid people - sh*t on your own front porch because you are angry with yourself (you elected useless councilors)and then afterwards to have to clean up your own mess! Stupid! Very stupid!

  • Wernerkwane - 2011-02-17 14:44

    I do not agree with how the protesters went about this, but surely this could all have been avoided if the ANC did their job in the first place, by delivering the services they promise every 4 years just before elections... makes you think.

      whatafu - 2011-02-17 14:57

      What do you know about ANC ? @Wernerkwane

      Johnny - 2011-02-17 15:12

      ...that the ANC is useless....

      theneef - 2011-02-17 16:22

      whatafu do YOU know about ANC ? @whatafu

  • Joy - 2011-02-17 14:48

    whoever made the mess must clean it up ! don't use our taxes to get the municipality to clean up your messes !

  • ji - 2011-02-17 16:27

    shame , you and your brothers mess but are too stupid and lazy to clean up . the police should charge all residents for littering

  • Philip - 2011-02-17 17:04

    Good for the municipality. The residents made the mess so they need to clean it up. Other municipalities should follow this example.

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