Tswaing municipal buildings, vehicles torched in a protest

Tswaing municipal buildings, vehicles torched in a protest

Tswaing municipal building in Ottosdal, on fire after it was torched during a violent protest, 12 July 2019. Picture: Supplied

‘This unfortunate event marks yet another harsh regress for the people of Ottosdal and the surrounding communities,’ says a spokesperson.

The African National Congress (ANC) caucus in the North West legislature has called on protesters and municipal workers in the Tswaing municipality to allow cooperative governance MEC Mothibedi Kegakilwe to resolve their salary non-payment concerns and other service delivery matters, following violent protests which saw municipal buildings and vehicles torched.

“The MEC for cooperative governance has since his recent appointment been going across the province to amicably resolve various problems faced by our municipalities, that has been done as part of an ANC government resolve to restore normality in local government for the broader benefit of the people.

“The caucus of the ANC, therefore, urge our communities to afford this interventions space in the interest of stable service delivery,” said spokesperson Tshiamo Tsotetsi.

On Wednesday in Ottosdal, protesters set alight municipal buildings and vehicles.

The municipality, made up of the towns of Delareyville, Sannieshof and Ottosdal, has been rocked by protests over a shortage of water, lack of sports infrastructure and roads.

“The ANC legislature caucus condemn the burning of the municipality offices and vehicles in Tswaing municipality, this is allegedly as a result of the non-payment of the municipal workers’ salaries by the municipality and various service delivery concerns.

“This unfortunate event marks yet another harsh regress for the people of Ottosdal and the surrounding communities in particular, as they have been receiving municipal services from the municipal service point which has been burned.”

Tsotetsi said they had noted the legitimate concerns raised by the workers and members of the public, but there was no justification for destroying public property.

“We call on the law enforcement agencies to act swiftly in ensuring that those responsible for these unspeakable deeds are accordingly held responsible and that calm is restored in the area to avoid further destruction of property and injuries to members of the community,” he said.

– African News Agency

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