Gauteng hit by service delivery protests

Less than a month before elections, fresh protests have broken out in the province.

FILE: Protests in Sebokeng in February 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Less than a month before the elections and amid a call from struggle stalwart Ronnie Kasrils for people not to vote for the ANC, another two protests have broken out in Gauteng over poor service delivery.

Millions of South Africans will go to the polls on 7 May to vote in the country's general elections.

Police are on the scene of both this morning's protests in Tsakane on the East Rand and Winterveld outside of Pretoria.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says the motive behind the Winterveld protest is still unclear at this stage but says police are monitoring the situation on the scene.

Meanwhile, Energy Minister Ben Martins told a New Age breakfast briefing in Johannesburg this morning that the ANC had achieved more in 20 years than the apartheid regime did over 100 years.

Martins said government was delivering and people were getting the electricity they need.

"In less than 20 years, the ANC-led democratic government has provided access to electricity to more than 5.8 million poor households."

However, Kasrils and former deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge are urging South Africans to spoil their votes during the upcoming elections.

Kastril says, "By taking this particular very strong stand, we are hoping that things might come right and the party won't continue skidding downhill and dragging the country with it."


The community of Boitumelong in the North West Province has accused authorities of failing to take their plight seriously.

Residents took to the streets last week and torched seven delivery trucks, a municipal building,a library and 16 houses belonging to council officials and police officers.

The community has accused the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality of corruption and maladministration and say they want the entire council to be dissolved.

One community member said residents were tired of being ignored by authorities.

"We have been ignored for a very long time."

He said the municipality was not accountable for their actions.

But North West Premier Thandi Modise says the protests are part of a political agenda.

Life in Boitumelong is back to normal following mop-up operations at the weekend.