Msimanga to meet Mahube Valley residents over conflict

In July, several properties were damaged in late night fighting after some locals accused shack residents of causing power outages by illegally connecting to the electricity grid.

FILE: Police on patrol in Mahube Valley in Mamelodi. Picture: Twitter/@CTmashanyu.

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga is expected to meet with residents of Mahube Valley outside Pretoria where tensions between residents in formal housing and those living in shacks have led to violence.

The two groups have in recent weeks clashed over the erection of shacks in the area.

In July, several properties were damaged in late night fighting after some locals accused shack residents of causing power outages by illegally connecting to the electricity grid.

Msimanga's Spokesperson Samkelo Mgobozi says the mayor will present possible solutions to the conflict in Mahube Valley when he visits the area on Wednesday afternoon.

“The mayor has committed himself to going to discharge and address and make some long-term announcements as to how we’re going to reach a long-term solution or a long-standing solution to ensure that this violence does not ensue any further.”