20.8.2019 07:17 pm
Taxpayers experiencing service issues in the area have been urged to contact the Sars contact centre on 0800 00 7277.
The Richards Bay branch of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) in KwaZulu-Natal has had to close down indefinitely due to a service delivery protest in the area, spokesperson Siphithi Sibeko said on Tuesday.
Some say they need to bring laptops, cameras and other equipment to work in the city centre and minibus taxis are not always safe from thieves.
The security guards say they are working under poor conditions and are tired of working for security companies that don’t care about their rights.
Government officials ‘only seem to act when incidents happen and later disappear without providing any social cohesion programmes’.
This after police denied them the opportunity to protest peacefully, following negotiations earlier on Wednesday morning.
Protesters say the lack of water is not caused by drought, but by the unresponsive Amathole and Mnquma municipalities.
‘We will stand our ground, we are not going to move,’ Chief Khoisan SA said.
Most people were ordered by the court to be taken to Lindela Repatriation Centre and to be deported within 30 days.
But ‘the union would not celebrate Women’s Day as long as the working class continued to experience violence, suffering and oppression’.
Controversial group ‘Gatvol Capetonians’ organised the march, saying it was to highlight the plight of backyard dwellers in the province.
While the MEC told residents that a ‘lasting solution’ would be found, Parkwood erupted into chaos after shacks were demolished.
Several roads were temporarily affected and closed as a result of the protest action, but by mid-afternoon, several areas had been cleared.
No protest violence has so far been reported.
When the community was asked how many of them have been on the housing waiting list for more than 20 years, half the room raised their hands.
The City’s safety and security mayoral committee member, JP Smith, said they could not predict the extent to which the shutdown would be supported.