Tembisa protesters hand over memorandum

Johannesburg - The Ekurhuleni mayoral committee received a memorandum of demands from residents of the Sophiatown informal settlement in Tembisa on Friday, a spokesperson said.

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"Member of the mayoral committee Councillor Makhosazana Maluleka met with the community this morning and received a memorandum," mayoral spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said.

The residents had demanded electricity and flushing toilets.

"The municipality will respond to the community's demands within 14 days," said Dlamini.

Protest halted

The residents had called off the protest after the committee engaged them.

"We are very happy that the protest has been brought to a halt," said Dlamini.

"We are, however, still going to meet the leadership of the community."

Twelve people were arrested for public violence during the service delivery protest, which began on Friday morning.

"They will probably appear in court on Monday," said spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago.

Residents burnt tyres and placed rocks on roads.

A main road in the area was also barricaded, but was reopened after 09:00.

Residents of Birch Acres near Kempton Park had also handed over a memorandum to the committee, demanding a school, library, and a clinic.

"The demand to have the school in the area of Birch Acres will be escalated to the provincial department of education," said Dlamini.

sxp 2014-08-29 02:46:48 PM
Why do they complain, as they voted for these twits?
Sly Rams 2014-08-29 03:02:43 PM
My South African brothers and sisters.... This is all that voted for (ANC).... So up until you change your vote to a better political party, i suggest you don't block the roads and destroy other people's properties which they had worked hard for.
Johan Nothnagel 2014-08-29 03:45:17 PM
Give memo to your president "Slimeball Showerhead" - he needs to pay the money !!!!!!
Denis Dendrinos 2014-08-29 04:37:49 PM
There are several schools in Birch Acres- which is a suburb of Kempton just so by the way - but thanks to your idiot leaders and their "feeder" areas - these are grossly over burdens and over crowded. My old high school, with both academic and technical fields is now a purely academic school where they even have to teach in the school hall foyer.
Bento Maepa 2014-08-29 05:09:17 PM
I do not know if these people are aware how many such memoranda are lying unattended and gathering dust somewhere in the archives of these guy's offices. The likely fate of that one as well. If only they understood the power of the vote.