Violent Bekkersdal protests due to failed government

Fred Nel MPL

Spokesperson on Local Government

The frustration shown by Bekkersdal residents yesterday is as a direct result of the Westonaria municipality’s failure to deliver proper services.

Although the DA condemns violent protests, we understand the frustration of the community of Bekkersdal. It is the second service delivery protest in this area in as many months.

The ANC governed Westonaria municipality is one of the two worst performing municipalities in Gauteng. The other being neighbouring Randfontein, which will soon be merged with Westonaria as indicated by the Municipal Demarcation Board yesterday.

It is clear that the Gauteng Provincial Government has given up hope on these two municipalities, hence the drive to merge them. This wil not solve the inherent management failures in these two municipalities and will only worsen their problems and the frustration of residents.

Westonaria is a viable municipality that has failed to use its resources effectively for service delivery that has clealry left its communities very unhappy.

I call on the Gauteng Local Government MEC Ntombi Mekgwe to investigate the managerial problems in Westonaria as a matter of urgency and to institute the necessary interventions to turn it around.