WC officials discuss protests

Western Cape officials met to discuss the recent spate of service delivery protests.

Malawi residents in Bishop Lavis protest against poor service delivery for a second day on 14 June 2012. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Local Government MEC Anton Bredell met with Premier Helen Zille on Thursday to discuss the recent spate of service delivery protests.

Residents of Malawi Informal Settlement near Bishop Lavis took to the streets over the past two days demanding access to running water and electricity.

Similar demonstrations rocked areas like Botrivier, Delft, Uitsig, Worcester and Sir Lowry's Pass Village.

The province has recorded the highest number of service delivery protests in 2012.

Bredell admitted that although changes are being made, they are not being implemented as fast as people would like.

"Changes are being made, but people are frustrated because the pace is very slow."

Last week, he said the recent protests in the province were politically motivated.

Meanwhile, Ashton community leaders are currently meeting with provincial and municipal officials following Wednesday's service delivery protest.

Around 150 people torched a municipal truck and damaged several windows of a council building.

Six people were charged with public violence.

Resident Vuyo Nel called on the authorities to address their grievances.

"We have only one school in the area, which is a combined school. We want to also have a primary school, but the municipality refuses to give us the land."