Protesters ‘stood up’ by government

A meeting planned between Bronkhorstspruit protesters and government never took place.

A poster advertising the voter registration drive is set alight by angry residents of Bronkhorstspruit during service delivery protests, 5 February 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

BRONKHORSTSPRUIT - Anger is mounting in Bronkhorstspruit this evening where residents claim they've been stood up by government.

A meeting was scheduled to take place between government and residents of three major townships to address their grievances after almost a week of violent demonstrations over electricity and water tariffs.

The Nkangala community hall was packed to capacity but no official government representatives arrived.

A community leader addresses impatient residents. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

Community members decided to march to the Nkangala police station to let the police know that whatever happens from now on is not their fault.

Residents say government officials who refuse to listen to them are to blame for what's to come.

Locals are calling for their areas to be removed from the boundaries of the City of Tshwane.

Demonstrators claim their townships were "sold" to Tshwane by President Jacob Zuma and say they are paying disproportionate rates.

Residents have warned police and government to expect major damage until Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa meets them face to face.