Two held after water protest in Rustenburg

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Published May 5, 2015


Rustenburg - Two people have been arrested for public violence during a service delivery protest in Rustenburg, North West police said on Tuesday.

Sergeant Kelebogile Moleko said the two were arrested on Monday night.

She said residents of Paardekraal Extension 23 barricaded the R510 road at about 8pm and attempted to march to town.

“They were not happy about water-cuts and wanted to march to the city but the police stopped them,” she said.

However, residents said roads were still blocked on Tuesday morning and traffic to Rustenburg was diverted through Seraleng. One of the residents, Bontle Ngwenya said their taps ran dry three weeks ago.

“Our understanding is that water to Sondela, Paardekraal Extension 19 and 23 were cut due to non-payment,” she said.

“This is not fair, how can they cut water for everyone including those who pay.”

She said water tankers were not enough to supply all residents with water.

While residents of Paardekraal were protesting about water, in nearby Lethabong water from burst pipes flooded the roads.


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