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SALGA concerned about ongoing violent protest across Gauteng

Posted: 10 May 2017

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In the light of the recent protests that have erupted in Gauteng, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) is concerned with the nature of violence associated with the protests.
In Pretoria residents prevented the collection, removal and disposal of waste and this resulted in services not being rendered to the city. For the past week, the City of Tshwane experienced problems and this saw a group of protestors trashing rubbish on the streets. These type of protests, among others, pose a serious health risk and untold damage to the environment. Subsequently the same communities suffer and the children fall ill. In Ennerdale protesters have been barricading several roads with burning tyres, bringing the township to a complete standstill. In Eldorado Park, protestors acted violently by throwing stones to the police and journalists.  

SALGA remains concerned that violent protest and destruction, more so when it involves municipal property does not resolve any problems but further squeeze in from the already constrained fiscus and municipal revenue.

SALGA strongly condemns violent protests and calls for communities to isolate those who use violence and destruction to express their grievances and calls for the law enforcements to bring the culprits into book to face the consequences of their actions.

SALGA calls for communities to make use of community structures and systems such as Ward Committees, public participation programmes and Integrated Development Planning (IDP) engagements which gives communities direct participation in the governing of their respective Councils.

The Constitution protects the rights of everyone to assemble, demonstrate, picket and present petitions in an unarmed and peaceful manner. The Constitution also provides a number of other options to claim our rights in a peaceful and lawful manner. These rights, however, by no means allow for criminal behaviour such as the destruction of property, or the intimidation and assault of other individuals in pursuit of any objective.

 

 

 

 
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