Situation in Majakaneng remains tense after protests

Majakaneng village near Mooinooi in the North West province was tense on Wednesday, with main roads closed due to continuing protests in the area, according to the community safety department.

Protesters were throwing stones at vehicles travelling between Rustenburg and Pretoria, spokesperson Shuping Sebolecwe said.

“The stoning of passing vehicles has led to the closure of the road between Mooinooi and Brits. Motorists are advised to use the Lonmin private road as an alternative.”

The R104 between Mooinooi and Bokfontein was also closed.

Around 400 protesters from the village burnt tyres and a bus on the Old Rustenburg Road on Monday morning.


“They allegedly complained about the water and electricity supply in their area,” said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.

“The community barricaded the Old Rustenburg Road with burning tyres and also burnt a bus. No one was injured.”

The protest was believed to have taken place around 5.30am.

Sebolecwe said three trucks and a light motor vehicle were set alight on Tuesday night, allegedly by protesters. All four drivers escaped unharmed.

Last year residents demanding better service delivery torched a cement truck during protest action.

“The community is angry because there is no water, no proper roads and we don’t have the RDP houses we were promised,” said community member Pule Rakomane at the time.

Service delivery protests
This comes in the wake of service delivery protests in Malamulele in Limpopo. 

On Tuesday Limpopo police reported that a section of the Malamulele High School had been damaged by a fire.

The administrative block caught fire late on Monday night, said police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto. “At this stage, the cause of the fire is not yet known … We cannot rule out that it was an arson attack,” she said.

The township of Malamulele has been tense and under heavy police watch following a month of violent protests. 

The area has been brought to a standstill in recent weeks following a demand by residents that they be granted their own municipality. Protests first started in the town before general elections in May last year. – Sapa

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Sapaxxxx
Guest Author

Related stories

Sekhukhune’s five-year battle for water back in court

The residents of five villages are calling for the district municipal manager to be arrested

ANC still at odds over how to tackle leaders facing serious graft allegations

The ANC’s top six has been mandated to work closely with its integrity committee to tackle claims of corruption against senior party members

Editorial: The ANC lacks consequence management

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Nasrec promises about accountability need to be effected by the ANC, but the party seems incapable of self-policing

AG’s report reveals the municipalities where money goes to waste

Municipalities are in complete disarray, with many of them flagged by the auditor-general for deliberate lack of accountability and tolerance for transgressions by political and administrative leadership while billions are squandered.

Advocacy group takes department to court over school nutrition programme

Equal Education wants the court to get the basic education department to feed all learners who qualify for the programme, including those who are not back at school

Out of our Wits: Should more be done to block club sales?

South African football is in an awkward position where it dare not refuse investment … no matter the cost
Advertising

New education policy on gender violence released

Universities and other higher education institutions have to develop ways of preventing or dealing with rape and other damaging behaviour

Cambridge Food Jozini: Pandemic or not, the price-gouging continues

The Competition Commission has fined Cambridge Food Jozini for hiking the price of its maize meal during April

Sekhukhune’s five-year battle for water back in court

The residents of five villages are calling for the district municipal manager to be arrested

Vaccine trial results due in December

If successful, it will then have to be manufactured and distributed
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday