Popular Topics
20°C / 22°C
  • Mon
  • 28°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 25°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 27°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Fri
  • 26°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 26°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 25°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 23°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 19°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 31°C
  • 18°C
  • Tue
  • 26°C
  • 17°C
  • Wed
  • 29°C
  • 16°C
  • Thu
  • 26°C
  • 17°C
  • Fri
  • 28°C
  • 17°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 17°C
  • Mon
  • 30°C
  • 16°C
  • Tue
  • 27°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 28°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 26°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 27°C
  • 17°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 23°C
  • 20°C
  • Tue
  • 24°C
  • 19°C
  • Wed
  • 28°C
  • 20°C
  • Thu
  • 26°C
  • 20°C
  • Fri
  • 28°C
  • 22°C
  • Sat
  • 23°C
  • 20°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Tue
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 22°C
  • 17°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 17°C
  • Mon
  • 33°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 31°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 27°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 27°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 20°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 28°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 26°C
  • 17°C
  • Wed
  • 21°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 19°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 33°C
  • 18°C
  • Tue
  • 28°C
  • 17°C
  • Wed
  • 31°C
  • 18°C
  • Thu
  • 26°C
  • 18°C
  • Fri
  • 30°C
  • 19°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 18°C
  • Mon
  • 34°C
  • 19°C
  • Tue
  • 30°C
  • 17°C
  • Wed
  • 30°C
  • 17°C
  • Thu
  • 31°C
  • 15°C
  • Fri
  • 29°C
  • 18°C
  • Sat
  • 33°C
  • 18°C
  • Mon
  • 26°C
  • 18°C
  • Tue
  • 24°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 30°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 30°C
  • 18°C
  • Fri
  • 32°C
  • 18°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 17°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 27°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 18°C
  • 15°C

Angry NC residents disrupt gathering

Disgruntled Northern Cape residents have disrupted a government imbizo in Oliphantshoek.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Commissioner Riah Phiyega at the opening of Polmed's new building in Pretoria. Picture: Barry Batemen/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has not been able to address Oliphantshoek residents in the Northern Cape after angry protesters disrupted a government imbizo.

The minister is in the region to meet with locals following violent protests in recent weeks.

Many residents are unhappy with the level of service provision.

In Kuruman, 16,000 pupils are being prevented from attending school by their angry parents.

Schools have been closed since June.

Demonstrators in the area have torched three schools.

Mthethwa is heading a delegation of government and municipal officials, in an attempt to defuse tensions.

The ministry's Masebueng Mochologi said, "The situation got out of hand quickly. A decision was taken that the minister should meet with five representatives from the community."

Meanwhile, the country has recorded a high number of violent service delivery protests in recent months.

Last week, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said residents have the right to protest but that violence will not be tolerated.

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus