Disregard 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.
Calm seemed to have returned to the affected area by Wednesday; however, it is not clear when Eskom will reconnect the area with power.