Makhura addresses crowd outside legislature

2015-02-23 15:13
(Clement Manyathela via Twitter)

(Clement Manyathela via Twitter)

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Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier David Makhura received a warm welcome on Monday from crowds of people outside the provincial legislature, where he had just delivered the state of the province address.

He took to the podium under a heavy police presence

Speaking in Sepedi, Makhura told the crowds he intended to implement many changes around the province.

"We are building a new Gauteng but we need your help," Makhura said.

The crowd cheered as Makhura said he understood their need for employment, housing and faster, more reliable transport.

He called on them to stop those who torched government buildings and homes of government officials during service delivery protests.

"Let us not allow this," he said.

He announced that several imbizos would be held around the province on Tuesday.

He thanked the crowd for their attention and for behaving themselves.

The area around the legislature quickly cleared following Makhura's address.

"We love Makhura, he really works for us," said Sylvia Mabutsa from Dobsonville, clad in an ANC green and yellow flag.

One man dressed in a suit walked past the area where Makhura had spoken.

"Is he done with his speech? That was quick," he said, before walking past with his briefcase in his hand.

Streets around the legislature were closed off to traffic with police redirecting traffic.

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