COUNTING THE COSTS
OF A VIOLENT PROTEST
Ottosdal – Offices belonging to the Tswaing Local Municipality and a community library in Letsopa were torched by angry residents of Ottosdal on Wednesday 10 July during a protest due to poor service delivery.
The protestors, who blame the Tswaing mayor for failing to address issues they raised in a memorandum of demands submitted a month before, also vandalised the local police station and torched three vehicles.
Lack of proper housing, poor electricity supply, the unavailability of recreational facilities, high levels of crime and unemployment as well as poor sanitary facilities and intermittent water supply were among the issues that drove the community to protest.
A spokesperson for the North West Department of Local Government and Human Settlements, Dineo Thapelo, told Platinum Weekly that an assessment is underway in order to calculate the financial damages caused by the protest.
“At this moment we are unable to quantify the damages. It is very frustrating for local government when communities destroy their own facilities,” Dineo added.
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