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'More aggressive policing needed to guard transport infrastructure'

Gauteng Transport MEC Ismael Vadi says more aggressive policing is needed to deal with protesters who continue to barricade the R59 in Meyerton.

Residents have dug a large trench across the road, causing heavy delays on the R59 in Meyerton. Picture: Twitter/Abramjee

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Transport MEC Ismael Vadi says more aggressive policing is needed to deal with protesters who continue to barricade the R59 in Meyerton.

The Sicelo community is demanding land and houses which they claim were promised by Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile.

A mentally ill man was killed last week during the demonstrations and several cars damaged.

Vadi says the violence needs to stop.

“They have dug a deep trench across the R59 and completely damaged the infrastructure. When our team went there two days ago to try and repair, they were threatened, they were intimidated, and they were almost assaulted.

“If people are going to destroy public transport infrastructure, we’re not going to respond to their demands in that sort of way.”

Mayor Bongani Baloyi met with Mashatile on Wednesday.

A decision on whether the highway will re-opened will be made on Thursday.