Mams Protest Leads To Numerous Pupils Missing Their First Day At School
Mamelodi East residents had a protest this morning for service delivery. They were protesting to get electricity and water in their area. The memorandum including their needs will be soon delivered to the local ward councillors. The protest took place in three different places in Mamelodi, places including Mamelodi East Mahube Bp, Fourways Extension 6 and Nelmapius on Solomon Mahlangu road. Two of these areas (Nelmapius and Mahube Bp) were protesting for the same reason. It is not yet known why the extension 6 residents had a protest this morning. During the protest, residents burned tires and blocked the roads. Residents of Mahube Pb started the protest this morning 12:00 midnight and continued until later this afternoon. Earlier this morning taxi drivers both in Mahube Bp and Nelmapius were not allowed to use the roads as they were threatened to burn or stone their taxis if they did not make their turn. These caused a clash between residents and taxi drivers because the taxi drivers were fighting with residents and wanted to use the road. The police were in all three areas of strike attending the matters. The protest in Mahube Bp affected students, causing many of them to miss their classes on their first day due to taxis, transport non-operation and blocked roads. “We were not as many today at school, most of the students at our school are from the informal settlement and they did not come to school because of the strike, some are using transports and some taxis to school “, said Koketso Moerane, a student from Lehlabile Secondary School. Other schools include Sediba Sa Thuto Primary.
By: Fortunate Machaba