'Gugulethu should not complain'

Siyabonga Cwele said Gugulethu shouldn’t complain about services because most didn’t vote.

Siyabonga Cwele said Gugulethu residents shouldn’t complain about a lack of services because most didn’t vote. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said residents of Gugulethu on the East Rand should not complain about a lack of services because most have chosen to withhold their votes.

Residents of the informal settlement have been protesting this week demanding water, electricity and housing.

They torched an Independent Electoral Commission polling station and a Community Policing Forum building.

Cwele said those who did not vote have denied themselves an opportunity to actively participate in the country's decision making.

"We understand the challenges about service delivery but every citizen has the responsibility not to disturb the voting because it's an important aspect of democracy, without it you can't choose who you want to govern."