Service delivery hotspots calm

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pretoria - The situation in all service delivery hotspots in both Mpumalanga and Gauteng were back to normal on Friday morning.

In Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg the situation is calm as motorists were able to use the William Nicol road which leads through the settlement without any intimidation.

Spokeswoman of the City of Johannesburg, Nkhensani Makhobela told BuaNews the angry protestors stopped throwing stones at passing motorists after the city's chief whip Cllr Nonceba Molwele visited the area yesterday.

"We understand that people have the right to spare their views, but that should not be done by destroying property and putting other people's lives at risk," Makhobela said.

Police spokesperson of the Katlehong cluster Lindelani Dladla said the situation at Eden Park, Greenfield and Palm Ridge, where a house of Ekurhuleni ward councillor, Nkabi Zulu was set alight, had been calm since Wednesday.

"Although the situation is calm, we will continue to monitor the situation and maintain heavy presence in the area," she said.

Police spokesperson in Mpumalanga, Capt Leonard Hlathi said the situation at the notorious Sakhile Township had been quite since last night.

"We can confirm that the situation is back to normal, but police are still at all the hotspots closely observing the situation."

The protestors in all these hotspots are demanding better services and want corrupt councillors to resign or be recalled.

Several people have been arrested since the beginning of the week as a result of the ongoing protests. Police have arrested about 150 protesters in the Lekwa Municipality.

About 43 others were nabbed in Dullstroom for malicious damage to property and nearly 20 suspects were arrested in Belfast for allegedly vandalising properties in the area and the rest were arrested in Sakhile.

In Diepsloot, 13 people were arrested for public violence and were expected to appear in the Pretoria Central Magistrate's Court today.