Angry NC residents disrupt gathering

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.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)