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Kinross protest comes to an end

UPDATE 31 MARCH

Kinross protest comes to an end

The protest came to en end on Thursday late afternoon after the Govan Mbeki Municipality Executive Mayor, Ms Flora Maboa-Boltman addressed the protesters.

They said they wanted to know why the municipal legal team did not attend the meeting on Monday.

The residents legal team informed the municipal legal team that they will not be able to attend the meeting but the residents were never informed.

The meeting was going to be about the eviction court order which stated that the two parties should meet and come out with a solution regarding Marikana settlements.

The mayor listened to the residents concerns and informed them that in order for the municipality to either relocate them or give them services, they need the budget to do so.

UPDATE 30 MARCH

Govan Mbeki Municipality offices in Ext 25 were burnt last night.

The angry mob also attempted to burn the house of ward Councillor, Ms Rose Nkabinde.

People inside the house managed to extinguish the fire.

Windows of the house were smashed and a Sofa was destroyed.

“We are disappointed in the police because they responded very late,” said a witness who wished to remain anonymous.

 

The newspaper is awaiting comment from the municipality spokesperson, Mr Bheki Kubheka and Kinross Police.

 


UPDATE 29 MARCH

A truck loaded with frozen chicken was burnt last night at the R29 road.

The truck was driving from Kinross to Leandra.

People from Kinross, Thistle Grove, Afghanistan and Marikana are collecting meat with wheelbarrows and cars.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE 28 MARCH

Marikana residents vowed to continue with the protest until their demands are met.

Protesters demanded that Sibusiso Sgudla (Mpumalanga PEC member) and his cabinetmeet with them.

According to the court order an instruction was sent out on 8 September 2016 that demanded GMM and the complainants (Marikana residents representatives) to meet and resolve their issues.

Residents said they struggled to get a date for the meeting with the municipality and were promised a meeting yesterday.

Marikana residents representatives attended the meeting but the municipality did not pitch up.

They blame the municipality for not complying with the court order.

Residents also alleged that police arrested people.

They demand that ward Councillor, Ms Rose Nkabinde should arrange their release.

Police were also accused of using live ammunition to disperse the protesters.

Motorists were urged to avoid the R29 road between Kinross and Leandra this morning.

Marikana protesters took to the streets last night to voice their anger.

A truck was burnt.

Learners from Kinross Primary School were also affected as the school was closed.

 

Read more about the protest here.

Kinross residents protest against electricity cuts by the municipality in Ext 21

Protesters blocked the railway with fire and stones.

Protesters are looting foreign nationals shops in Ext 25.

Fire at the Kinross municipality gate at Ext 25.

 

Protesters removed the palisades at the new shopping centre and used it to block the roads.

 

 

  AUTHOR
Levhuwani Matumba
Journalist

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