Safety MEC slams ‘crim­i­nal’ River­lea protests

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

Gaut­eng MEC for com­mu­nity safety Siza­kele Nkosi-Malobane yes­ter­day con­demned law­less­ness dur­ing protest ac­tion by the River­lea com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing ar­eas which has led to ser­vice de­liv­ery dis­rup­tions.

“I am deeply dis­ap­pointed in the man­ner in which com­mu­nity mem­bers con­duct them­selves every time there is a protest ac­tion,” she said. “It is a con­sti­tu­tional right for mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ties to or­gan­ise them­selves and en­gage in a peace­ful protest but once that right is vi­o­lated by in­tim­i­da­tion of non­strik­ing mem­bers, it be­comes a crime.”

Nkosi-Malobane said most work­ers were stranded and un­able to go to their re­spec­tive ar­eas of work due to the protest ac­tion.

Pupils were also on the re­ceiv­ing end as they were de­nied the op­por­tu­nity to go to school dur­ing this cru­cial time of the year when ex­ams are draw­ing closer. – ANA

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