Situation in Standerton back to normal

Friday, October 2, 2009

Standerton - Police have confirmed that the situation in Standerton's Sakhile Township was back to normal after the recent spate of violent service delivery protests.

"The situation became relatively normal at the township since last night," police spokesperson, Captain Leonard Hlati told BuaNews, on Friday.

He said the police were hoping to make a proposal to the leadership of the disgruntled community to clean the streets together.

Angry residents of Sakhile Township have been barricading the busy R23 road highway between Johannesburg and Standerton with burning tyres.

Police further confirmed that two shops belonging to foreign nationals were set alight by the angry protestors.

Protestors also petrol bombed a community centre housing a library and a community hall, along with a municipal administration block and a local councillor's house.

Residents were demanding that all councillors should resign at Lekwa Municipality, following a report by the provincial government that uncovered corruption and maladministration.

A special task team from the Department of Cooperative Governance was dispatched to the township to assess the situation and to address residents' concerns.