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Majakeneng residents demand water services

The situation is calm but police are maintaining a significant presence to avoid violence.

FILE: Residents say they don’t want violent protests, but they’re also sick of waiting on empty promises for water. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - After two days of violent clashes in the North West, Majakeneng residents have clarified their main demand from their municipality is water.

The situation is calm today, however, police are maintaining a significant presence to ensure there are no further violent demonstrations. Roads in the area, including the N4, remain closed.

Motorists are being directed on a zig-zag detour along secondary roads to avoid violent hot spots around Majakeneng.

Residents say they don't want violent protests, but they're also sick of waiting on empty promises for water and basic services.

"There's no RDPs and there's no water again."

"We need water because we have to buy water each and every day."

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo was chased out of the area yesterday.

A meeting between community and political representatives is underway to decide whether to end the protest.

It is understood infrastructure has been installed but there's no water flowing from the taps.

Mahumapelo's office says water technicians have been dispatched to resolve the problem.

The premier will again try to meet with the community on Saturday.

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