‘Gauteng’s decline in protests is nothing to be celebrated’

Opposition parties' members called Monday’s Sopa uninspiring and a repetition of unmet promises.

FILE: Gauteng Premier David Makhura giving his State of the Province Address on 23 February 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says while the Gauteng government has announced a decline in protests, this shouldn't be celebrated as it may be linked with what they call increased police brutality.

Opposition parties debated Premier David Makhura's State of the Province Address (Sopa) yesterday at the Provincial Legislature and held no punches in criticising the ruling party.

Members called Monday's Sopa uninspiring and a repetition of unmet promises.

During Makhura's Sopa, he reported a decline in service delivery protests.

However, EFF's Mandisa Mashego says this is nothing to be celebrated.

"There is a relationship between the increase usage of force in the province generally. There are virtually very few protests, service delivery protests or any other protests maybe at the universities, where police are not called in."

She says councilors in certain areas are not doing their jobs well.

"There's very few communities where ANC councillors today are actually addressing community issues genuinely. Where councillors even want to address community issues."

Makhura will respond to opposition today.