Emfuleni mayor must act against extortionist protesters

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head for Emfuleni

The DA is becoming increasingly concerned over the lawless behaviour by protestors in Evaton and Beverley Hills in the Emfuleni municipality, who are extorting residents who use public roads.

On regular occasions protestors barricade roads over the poor state of service delivery by the Emfuleni local municipality, and demand payment from residents and commuters wishing to pass through.

While the DA acknowledges the constitutional right to peaceful protest, such actions have to take place within the confines of the law, and may not infringe on the rights of others.

To this end our colleagues in the local municipality will engage with the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety, Cllr V Mcera, and demand that municipal traffic officials be deployed to ensure that people’s fundamental right to freedom of movement is not violated.

Mayor Nomadlozi Hlongwane must show leadership and restore law and order to troubled areas.