Service delivery protests explode across SA
'I think we need to realise as leaders that when we make promises to communities we need to honour those promises'
By Neo Goba‚ Taschica Pillay‚ And Shenaaz Jamal Service delivery protests caused havoc in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng on Monday as residents demanded access to housing.In Durban mayor Zandile Gumede was forced to send a team to meet informal settlement residents who set fire to a school and blockaded roads. Residents of Banana City‚ the informal settlement on Varsity Drive‚ in Reservoir Hills‚ were protesting after their requests for housing went unanswered. They demanded that Gumede address them. On Sunday night two classrooms at Hillview Primary School on Varsity Drive in Reservoir Hills were set alight‚ forcing the school to close. On Monday morning several roads in the area were closed as informal dwellers burned rubbish and threw stones. Mayoral spokesman Mthunzi Gumede said the mayor was out of the country on council business but “has delegated a team to meet the community. She [the mayor] will be able to respond swiftly‚ once advised by the team.” Jabulo Motsotsi‚ a resident of...
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