Sakhile remains calm this morning

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pretoria - The Sakhile township outside Standerton remains calm this morning after violent protests broke out again in the informal settlement on Tuesday.

Yesterday, residents gave government 24 hours to respond to the service delivery protests in the area. They called for councillors and executive managers to resign, saying their safety could not be guaranteed if they did not do so.

They have also threatened to make the Lekwa Local Municipality ungovernable and unworkable.

An estimated strong crowd of over 10 000 marched to the Lekwa Municipal offices in Standerton yesterday, overturning rubbish bins and blockading roads.

A part of the municipal administration block was set on fire and about four people suffered rubber bullet wounds after being shot by the police.

Police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlati told BuaNews the situation was "quiet and calm" today, however, police will maintain a strong presence in the area to monitor any developments.

Captain Hlati said officials from the local municipality were trying to clear the.