Emfuleni News

Mayor condemns Sharpeville public violence

FireDisregard for public and private property when protesting should not be tolerated – Emfuleni Mayor.

Protesting Emfuleni residents who destroy public and private property will face the long arm of the law.  

This was the warning from Emfuleni Executive Mayor, Councillor Mahole Simon Mofokeng, after some Sharpeville residents, unhappy about being without electricity since Sunday, went on a rampage on Tuesday evening – looting and burning Boxer and Usave stores. The residents also barricaded roads and set tyres on fire.

“Thuggery and rampant thieving will not be tolerated. We call on the police to work with the community of Sharpeville to bring those who have committed these crimes to book. While the community’s concerns over electricity supply unavailability may be legitimate, there is no way criminality and anarchy can be tolerated,” Mofokeng said.

Municipality's customer service intervention efforts are working

Mr. Thabiso SeribetsoThe customer service intervention put in place to improve working relations between the Emfuleni Local Municipality and its customers is working. This was announced by the municipality’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Brendon Scholtz after receiving a letter of commendation for one of the municipality’s staffers, Mr. Thabiso Seribetso from a happy client, Dr Peter Stegmann.

“This is a good story to tell,” said Mr. Scholtz. In the letter, Mr. Stegmann tells a good story about how he was efficiently assisted when he had a problem with his water meter. In part, the letter reads, “I have great pleasure in commending Mr. Thabiso Seribetso for the professional manner in which he was able and willing to bring to a successful conclusion of a problem of water meter readings in the suburb of SE3 Vanderbijlpark.”

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