Tuesday, May 08, 2007


All they want are decent city services.

In South Africa following militant protests near Lenasia, the Democratic Alliance has urged government to improve service delivery.

"These protests can easily be stopped before they even start by simply ensuring that the basics such as tapped water and electricity connected to pre-paid meters are up and running as quickly as possible," said Paul Willemburg, DA spokesperson on local government.

He told the media the protesters voted because promises were made and they believed the ANC slogan in the last election that there was a plan to make local government work.

"It is no use bragging about delivering services to a few hundred residents in far flung regions when millions are still without," he said.

Lenasia is large Indian township south of Soweto in Gauteng Province, South Africa. It has now become part of the City of Johannesburg.

Many communities in the greater Johannesburg area have been protesting against the ANC (African National Congress) governments inability to deliver the housing and basic service needs of people.

The following is from IOL.

Community hall razed in Lenasia protest

A community hall was burnt down and police cars damaged during a protest by informal settlement dwellers near Lenasia South on Tuesday, Vaal Rand police said.

Captain William Mcera said police vehicles were stoned and six were damaged. "No arrests have been made but cases have been opened," said Mcera.

No-one was injured in the protest.

The marchers were protesting against poor service delivery from their local municipality.

Mcera said the protesters gathered at a stadium and handed over their memorandum to a municipality official, giving the mayor 14 days to respond to their grievances.

Earlier, the protesters blockaded the Golden Highway with stones and burning tyres, Johannesburg metro police Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

Traffic had to be diverted to the N1 and K43 in Lenasia South.

Mcera said the highway had been cleared and is open to traffic.

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