Thembelihle forum established amid protests

Local PR Councillor Zarina Motala says they want to root out the criminal elements.

Soweto police have confirmed one person has been arrested after opening fire on protesting residents from the Thembelihle township on 25 February 2015. Picture: @JMPDSafety

JOHANNESBURG - As service delivery protests continue at the Thembelihle informal settlement in Lenasia, a forum has been established to root out criminal elements.

Last week protesters blocked roads with burning tyres, stoned cars, threatened to burn down schools and allegedly petrol bombed a police station.

There is hope that a meeting between residents of Thembelihle and the community of Lenasia held yesterday will bring calm to the area.

Local PR Councillor Zarina Motala says they want to root out the criminal elements.

"This criminal element has crept into this entire thing and has taken advantage of."

Regional Forum Director Mickey Padiachy says the forum with representative from most political parties has formulated a legitimate structure.

"We've now formulated a legitimate structure where Indians and Africans can engage and talk about our problems collectively."

Meanwhile two people have died in the informal settlement but it's unclear if this was related to service delivery protests.

Just last month, at least 34 people were arrested during demonstrations over formal electricity connections.