; Prolonged Orange Farm protest could lead to violence-Kubheka – The Citizen

Prolonged Orange Farm protest could lead to violence-Kubheka

The situation in the troubled area of Boiketlong in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg remained tense on Friday morning. Picture: Steven Tau

The situation in the troubled area of Boiketlong in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg remained tense on Friday morning. Picture: Steven Tau

The mandate from residents is that ‘tell them to suspend the councillor and we might consider suspending our protest action.”Kubheka

The longer the protest action in Orange Farm continues, the more violent it will become, one of the community leaders Menzi Kubheka told The Citizen on Wednesday.

The area situated in the south of Johannesburg, was on Monday and Tuesday gripped by violent protests.

Residents are demanding that local ward councillor, Simon Motha be suspended and investigated over allegations of corruption, saying the pace of service delivery under his watch has been rather slow.

Speaking to The Citizen, Kubheka said residents decided not to take to the streets on Wednesday to observe Freedom Day.

“However, we are going to have a meeting with the zonal structures of the ANC on Wednesday after and the mandate we have been given from residents is that ‘tell them to suspend the councillor and we might consider suspending our protest action.

“We will be reporting back to the community on Thursday morning,” Kubheka said.

He said their wish was to see the protest action ending soon as it inconvinience everyone in the area, but added that should it prolong, there might be violent incidents.

Although traffic was moving on Wednesday morning along the busy Golden Highway near Orange Farm, the area remained tense following this week’s protests.

The road into the area was almost inaccessible with angry protesters threatening to damage motorists’ cars.

A minibus taxi and a truck were torched.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson, Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said there were no violent incidents reported over night.

“However, police officers will remain in the area until law and a order and stability has been fully restored,” Minnaar said.-stevent@citizen.co.za

 

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