Protests flared up throughout Tshwane last week.
Protests flared up throughout Tshwane last week.

Peace returns to townships over weekend

By Virgilatte Gwangwa Time of article published Apr 15, 2019

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Pretoria - After two days of a metro shutdown last week during which township residents protested over a lack of service delivery, the police yesterday said there had been peace throughout the city over the weekend.

SAPS provincial spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela said they had not received complaints from any of the city's township since Saturday.

“It appears that peace has been restored as there has not been any protest since Saturday,” he said.

This follows violent protests, which led to trucks being set alight in Soshanguve and journalists pelted with stones by residents.

#TshwaneTotalShutdown trended for a week after residents in Alexandra township in Joburg embarked on a service delivery protest under the banner #AlexTotalShutdown.

Notices for the shutdown circulated on social media ahead of the State of the Capital Address delivered by mayor Stevens Mokgalapa on Thursday last week.

The protests brought the metro to a standstill with traffic congested on all major roads, particularly those heading in and out of the townships.

Residents from various townships such as Soshanguve, Hammanskraal, Mabopane and Ga-Rankuwa barricaded roads and burnt tyres.

Among the reasons mentioned for the total shutdown action was the “unfair” municipal billing system, arbitrary taxi fines and the impounding of vehicles by traffic police.

Meanwhile, on Thursday residents in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, also blocked roads and burnt tyres protesting against high water bills in that city.

Pretoria News

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