MEC: Bekkersdal residents must cooperate

A stalemate between govt and residents is fuelling fears that protests could flare up again.

FILE: A stalemate between govt and residents is fuelling fears that protests could flare up again. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Local Government and Housing MEC Ntombi Mekgwe says the stalemate in Bekkersdal can be broken if residents provide government with the information it needs.

Residents are demanding for the municipality to be placed under administration and for corrupt officials to be replaced.

The demands follows violent protests in the area over alleged corruption in the council.

Meetings have been held between government and residents associations, but the deadlock has not been broken, leading to fears that protests could flare up again.

Mekgwe says with people employed in the municipality, placing it under administration is no simple matter.

"Due processes must be put in place, so you can't just suspend people. And for me to do that requires information and this is what we've been saying to the leadership. Give us the information that will assist us."

She says such a decision would have to be taken through the legislature.