Solly Msimanga addresses concerns in Eersterust

2018-06-14 21:35
Tshwane Executive Mayor, Solly Msimanga (Samson Ratswana)

Tshwane Executive Mayor, Solly Msimanga (Samson Ratswana)

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VIDEO: Tensions flare as police, residents clash in Eersterust

2018-06-13 18:20

An Eersterust resident was sitting on the ground among a group protesting for improved service delivery when police opened fire, allegedly without warning, shooting her in the face with a rubber bullet. Watch.WATCH

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga acknowledged the frustrations voiced by Eersterust residents on Thursday.

It marked the second day of violent protests in the area after residents took to the streets to demand housing and improved service delivery. 

Protesters blockaded several roads with burning tyres and rubble.

Tshwane metro police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters who then retaliated with petrol bombs.

It was previously reported that residents vowed to continue protesting until Msimanga addressed them.

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Community members told News24 that a lack of housing and power outages which occur weekly in the area were at the heart of the matter.

Msimanga finally addressed most of their concerns in a lengthy statement.

  • Msimanga noted that the biggest challenge concerning housing is that some residents do not want to move out of the area, which makes it difficult to allocate housing. "Land for future housing development is very limited in the City, particularly in the Eersterust area," he said.
  • The administration has accommodated qualifying Eersterust residents in Nellmapius Extension 22 and has requested all those that are registered on the housing database to go to Mamelodi Mini Munitoria to complete subsidy application forms.
  • The mayor explained that apartheid engineering and planning was the cause of water supply problems in the community. "In addressing this deficiency, we have budgeted R102m for the replacement of the worn network pipes throughout the City including Eersterust," Msimanga said.
  • Power outages in Eersterust have been caused by cable theft and network overload due to illegal connections, according to Msimanga. He has committed to making every effort to provide uninterrupted power supply.
  • Eersterust is receiving attention regarding drug abuse. The City has inherited the former local drug action committee from the Department of Social Development. A framework was approved to establish a regional drug action committee, which has the function on fighting the scourge, he said.
  • The City has registered 885 indigent families from Eersterust who are receiving free basic services. The registration is ongoing and all residents who fall within the criteria are requested to visit the council offices for registration, he added.
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