Makhura to put interventions to address divisions & inequalities in communities

On Saturday, Gauteng Premier David Makhura officially kicked off the social cohesion games aimed at uniting the province.

FILE: Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Premier David Makhura says his government has put together a number of interventions aimed at addressing some of the fundamental divisions and inequalities in communities.

This is in the wake of attacks on foreign owned shops and properties in the province.

On Friday, a march was held against illegal immigrants in the Pretoria CBD.

Officers had their hands full after a large group of people tried to break into foreign owned shops claiming there were drugs and weapons.

Earlier this month, the community of Rosettenville in southern Johannesburg torched 12 houses alleged to be have been brothels and drug dens.

Yesterday, Makhura officially kicked off the social cohesion games aimed at uniting the province.

He says Gauteng welcomes people from all walks of life.

“For our people to live together as equals, united in their diversity, it means we also have to deal with inequalities. We also have to ensure everybody has opportunities to make decent living.”

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Makhura has applauded the manner in which the police handled Friday’s anti-immigrant march and the chaos that erupted in Pretoria’s CBD.

Officers had their hands full, after a large group of people tried to break into foreign owned shops claiming there were drugs and weapons.

The police managed to stop the group and restore calm.

The premier has once again condemned the violence and has called for peace.

“I think Friday the police did a wonderful job. There could have been bloodshed in those marches in Tshwane, but the police did a great job in trying to prevent any loss of life.”

More than 130 people were arrested during the march.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)