South Africa 28.11.2013 08:00 am

Breakthrough in Bekkersdal conflict

FILE PICTURE: Protesters carry a gate. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: Protesters carry a gate. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Bekkersdal residents have welcomed the proposed change coming to the violence-ridden region on Gauteng’s West Rand, following the announcement of a merger of Westonaria and Randfontein into a single municipality by 2016.

Greater Westonaria Concerned Residents Association spokesman Thabang Wesi told The Citizen yesterday that residents were eager to be part of the transitional process announced by the Gauteng provincial government.

“The transitional process from December 1 will focus on how we can work with government to bring change to the Greater Westonaria area,” said Wesi.

“We are hoping to establish a community development task team to address various issues experienced in the area, to not always depend on government.” Bekkersdal residents marched to the Westonaria municipal offices on Tuesday to hand over a list of demands to an official from Gauteng Department of Human Settlements and Co-operative Governance MEC Ntombi Mekgwe’s office.

The demands included service delivery issues to be addressed as a matter of urgency and for the removal of Westonaria local municipality mayor, Nonkoliso Tundzi, and all her subordinates.

The Gauteng provincial government’s appointed task team will work with representatives of the residents’ association to report back regularly on progress.

 

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