Mothutlung residents wary of ANC

The community says the ANC doesn't have a good story to tell in the area.

FILE: The site of a service delivery protest in Mothutlung where two protesters were shot dead, allegedly by police, in January 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The community of Mothutlung says the "ANC doesn't have a good story to tell" in the area which saw violent water protests and cases of police brutality take centre stage in January.

Four people were killed in the North West township just outside Brits during service delivery protests.

Shortly after the incident six police officers were suspended over the killings.

Community leader Paul Hendricks says President Jacob Zuma tells South Africans the party has a good story to tell 20 years into democracy, but in Mothutlung things are spiralling out of control.

"We're asking ourselves how can human beings in South Africa die for asking for water."

Hendricks says the community believes the government is working hand-in-hand with the police and he says residents don't trust local officers.

In January Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa admitted the police used banned shotgun rounds during the protest, which could have led to the deaths of four people.

Investigations into the fatal protest are still underway.

Meanwhile, the community says water protests will influence their votes in the upcoming general elections.

Video: Mothutlung memorial ends in violence.