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The MEC Resolves a Nine Day Protest Action in Sedibeng

One of the longest service delivery protest action in Gauteng has been suspended, following intensive negotiations between the Province, the municipality and community leaders.

The protest action was mainly over the lack of formal low - cost housing in the area of Sedibeng in New Village, which was sustained for nine days by angry residents. The residents blocked the local main road with stones making it impossible for motorists to use the road since the start of the protest.

The breakthrough came after a high level of meeting, convened by the MEC of Human Settlements and Co - operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr. Jacob Mamabolo including a senior delegation from the Sedibeng district municipality which was led by the Executive Mayor, Simon Mahole Mofokeng.

MEC Mamabolo indicated after the meeting that the Department has built 145 houses and they still have to find ways to address the existing housing backlogs of 165 houses in the area.

He has also told the community that the 90 families which have been approved for housing, should therefore receive immediate priority and that the plans for implementing phase two to accommodate everyone should also be started immediately.

After discussions that took place in the meeting, the main road connecting the informal settlement to Sebokeng, Vereeniging and other local areas was being cleared, and made available to motorists to use.

The neighboring township of which MEC Mamabolo has met with the community leaders of Boiketlong, under Sedibeng district municipality had also been protesting over lack of electrification and had also blocked the Golden Highway. However, the Department has told the community that they will work with the Eskom and Sedibeng district municipality to prioritize electrification of the area.

“We are proud that we have been able to persuade this community to stop violent protest action and to engage in peaceful discussions with government", said MEC Mamabolo.

He urged other communities to learn from such experience and also work with the government to resolves community problems peacefully.

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