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Strand service delivery protests flare up

Several people were arrested after a protest caused the N2 to be closed near Strand and Somerset West. Picture: David Ritchie/ ANA

Several people were arrested after a protest caused the N2 to be closed near Strand and Somerset West. Picture: David Ritchie/ ANA

Published Sep 27, 2017

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Residents of Lwandle and Nomzamo informal settlements in Strand yesterday continued their service delivery protests when they marched on the municipality, demanding a solution.

On Monday their protests in Broadlands and Hazeldene caused traffic congestion and the N2 was only reopened about 6pm.

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This came after roads had to be closed at the same location last week due to protest action.

Ward councillor Jongidumo Maxheke said residents again protested at the Strand Municipality yesterday.

“They demanded to speak to the mini mayor, Anda Ntsodo to discuss a way forward. The residents of the two informal settlements are demanding electrification for about 1 400 homes. 

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The informal settlements have been around for more than 15 years with no electricity.

“I understand the City is planning to install electricity but there is a problem with the design. The design is expected to only be completed by March next year,” Maxheke said.

Mayoral committee member for Area East Anda Ntsodo said: “The City is looking into the concerns raised by the residents. Although we respect the right of residents to protest, this must be done in a peaceful manner that does not infringe on the rights of others.”

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Ntsodo said he addressed the protesters yesterday afternoon but would not confirm whether the City planned to install electricity at the informal settlements.

Meanwhile, the people arrested for protest action at the weekend appeared in the Strand Magistrate’s Court

yesterday.

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Police said 19 people appeared on a charge of public violence.

“According to reports, the protest is about service delivery and electricity. The situation has been restored. 

"The SAPS and other law enforcement agencies are still on the scene and are busy defusing the situation,” police spokesperson FC van Wyk said.

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