Sophiatown residents hand over memorandum amid protests

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Aug 29th, 2014
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JOHANNESBURG – The Ekurhuleni mayoral committee received a memorandum of demands from residents of the Sophiatown informal settlement in Tembisa on Friday, a spokesman said.

“Member of the mayoral committee Councillor Makhosazana Maluleka met with the community this morning and received a memorandum,” mayoral spokesman Zweli Dlamini said in a statement.

The residents had demanded electricity and flushing toilets.

“The municipality will respond to the community’s demands within 14 days,” said Dlamini.

The residents had called off the protest after the committee engaged them.

“We are very happy that the protest has been brought to a halt,” said Dlamini.

“We are, however, still going to meet the leadership of the community.”

Twelve people were arrested for public violence during the service delivery protest which began on Friday morning.

“They will probably appear in court on Monday,” said spokesman Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago.

Residents burnt tyres and placed rocks on roads.

A main road in the area was also barricaded, but was reopened after 9am.

Residents of Birch Acres near Kempton Park had also handed over a memorandum to the committee, demanding a school, library, and a clinic.

“The demand to have the school in the area of Birch Acres will be escalated to the provincial department of education,” said Dlamini.

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