“We condemn the senseless protest and violence directed to road users by the protesters and we call on law enforcement to take action against those who break the law.”
The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements MEC, Paul Mashatile condemns the violent protest that led to the blockage of the R59 road in Midvaal.
“We condemn the senseless protest and violence directed to road users by the protestors and we call on law enforcement to take action against those who break the law,” he said,
Mashatile said the protest was uncalled for because he had met and engaged with the residents of Sicelo Shiceka a month ago.
“As part of our engagement, a team, that included the representatives for the community, council and departmental officials, was selected to identify land that will be purchased in order to be able to relocate qualifying beneficiaries from the area,” said the MEC.
He called on the residents to exercise restraint and await a report from the team that was selected by them.
Mashatile said although he was disappointed by the actions of some of the members of the community, the Department will continue to work with residents in order to find solution to their housing problems.
“We call on the community to identity and report the rogue elements who seek to derail the work by the residents and government,” he said. – Fanelo Maseko