Mid­vaal protests

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THE mayor of Mid­vaal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has blamed the SA Mu­nic­i­pal Work­ers Union and “po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents” for ser­vice de­liv­ery protests that shut down parts of the only DA-run mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Gaut­eng.

An­gry res­i­dents from Sicelo in­for­mal set­tle­ment in Mid­vaal, south of Jo­han­nes­burg, took to the streets on Thurs­day and staged a vi­o­lent protest, bar­ri­cad­ing the R59 high­way in Mey­er­ton and de­mand­ing houses, wa­ter and elec­tric­ity. The vi­o­lent stand­off be­tween police and demon­stra­tors left one per­son in­jured and sev­eral ve­hi­cles dam­aged.

Yes­ter­day res­i­dents re­sumed their protest. Mayor Bon­gani Baloyi, said the protests had re­sulted in an “un­usual dis­or­der and vi­o­lence in our nor­mally sta­ble mu­nic­i­pal­ity”.

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