Jane Sithole MPL
Provincial spokesperson – Safety, Security and Community Liaison
It has come to the attention of the DA that the violent protests in Ackerville, that took place this morning, are as a result of the community allegedly being unhappy over recruitment processes in the greater Witbank mining area.
Furthermore, it is alleged that a group called “the concerned group” convened a meeting during the past few days wherein the decision to blockade all main access roads in Ackerville was taken. This matter has unfortunately led to unruly protests and at 4 o clock this morning all entrance and exit routes to Ackerville were blocked, rubbish bins upended and tyres burnt in the streets.
It is unfortunate that as a result of this protest, violence was threatened and people were prevented from reaching their place of work. People have the right to strike, but violence cannot be tolerated. In the face of the current unemployment rate, job losses cannot be tolerated.
The DA would like to commend the SAPS on their swift action in attending to this unfortunate incident. We trust that they will keep up with their strong vigilance in this area.