Protests against municipality spread

Residents of Letlhabile, north of Brits, blocked roads with rocks and burning tyres in a protest over a week-long water cut, police said yesterday.

About 55 people protested from 9.30pm on Sunday, Brig Thulani Ngubane said. A main road into Letlhabile, as well as smaller roads, were blocked.

No violence was reported and no arrests had been made.

“The Madibeng local municipality has had some trouble with water infrastructure, but is in the process of repairs and the situation is stable,” said Ngubane.

Last week, residents of Oukasie, a township just outside Brits, staged violent protests over poor service delivery.

They barricaded roads and apparently petrol-bombed an armoured police vehicle.

The protest erupted after the Madibeng municipality failed to respond to a memorandum of demands.

A municipality spokesperson denied that residents’ demands were not being met. – Sapa

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