ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
08 August 2016
 
For Immediate Release
 
City Engages With Affected Residents Following Public Protest
 
The City received reports of a protest by residents from the Ward 29 informal settlement on Sunday, 07 August 2016.
 
The City’s Metro Police members, Disaster Management Unit and Operation Sukuma Sakhe/ Rapid Response officials were immediately dispatched to the affected area to collect information from protesting residents and to provide necessary immediate interventions.
 
Investigations revealed that the protest was due a recent demolition of informal dwellings in the area.
 
The City will engage with Ward Councillor Elect-Mveli Mthembu in order to address the concerns raised by the protesters.
 
Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo said eradicating illegal structures requires a joint effort from all stakeholders and members of the public are encouraged to report to authorities when they see people invading land or Municipal property.
 
Members of the public are urged to contact the eThekwini Municipality’s Security Management Unit on 031 311 4699 or 079 821 8879 to report land invasion.
 
Members of the public can also contact our Land Invasion Unit on (031)311 4220, (031)3114083, (031)3114024 (during working hours) or (031)3114702, (031)3114667, (031)3114669, (031)3114701 (after hours or on weekends).”
 
Nxumalo said he acknowledges that people are free to exercise their constitutional rights by voicing their concerns but cautioned residents against injuring others and vandalising infrastructure.
 
“Residents should express their concerns in a peaceful and legally permissible manner without damaging property, injuring law-abiding citizens or blockading roads, thus preventing others from going to school and work,” he said.
 
Nxumalo added that no amount of anger justifies destroying and vandalising state property.
 
The situation is under control. Safety measures, such as CCTV cameras, are in place to monitor the movements of vehicles and to ensure that further traffic disruption is minimised. Law enforcement personnel will take necessary action where there are transgressions.
 
EThekwini Municipality is deeply concerned about the violent public protests taking place in the City. We encourage those that have grievances to continue to engage with the Municipality through formal channels so that these can be attended to by the Municipality.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality Head of Communications Unit, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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