Lack of service delivery contributes to on-going Bekkersdal violent protests

Rose Gudlhuza MPL

Caucus Leader

The Independent Democrats (ID) in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature condemns the ongoing service delivery protests in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg. The protests are reportedly due to poor sewerage infrastructure and have been characterised by violent confrontation between the residents and the police leading to significant damage to property.

These developments serve as a dreadful reminder that the failure of municipalities to engage continuously with residents on their concerns and carry out their mandate of service delivery to communities will result in residents resorting to these unfortunate violent measures.

The ID calls on the Westonaria Local Municipality, the residents of Bekkersdal, and the provincial government to address these ongoing protests amicably and urgently.