Ekurhuleni Mayor to meet with Thokoza community

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Thokoza - Ekurhuleni Mayor, Ntombi Mekgwe, is expected to engage with the Thokoza community to discuss the violence which broke out there, on Tuesday.

"The mayor will engage the community. We take the issues that they raise seriously and will be making an effort to engage them," said Sam Modiba, acting spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni Municipality.

He said the meeting would take place as a matter of urgency. "It is an urgent meeting and it cannot be prolonged any longer."

The municipality was monitoring the situation, Mr Mekgwe added.

At least 17 people were arrested after residents of the Thokoza Hostel embarked on a march to the municipal offices in Khumalo Street at around 4.30am.

Speaking to BuaNews, police spokesperson Captain Godfrey Maditsi said protesters had blockaded Khumalo and Serema Streets with tyres, rocks and rubbish. An unknown number of cars had also been pelted with stones.

"They were protesting over poor service delivery," said Captain Maditsi, who added that no injuries had been reported.

He said the situation in the East Rand township was now calm and that a police Nyala was patrolling the streets and inviting community members to the meeting.

"The situation is calm and police are patrolling the streets," he said.

The 17 protesters will appear in the Alberton Magistrates Court on charges of public violence later on Tuesday.