Tembisa community forum calls for calm in the region – SABC News
The Tembisa Community Forum in Ekurhuleni on the Gauteng East Rand called for calm in the area after violent protests on Monday in which four people were killed.
Residents are protesting the cost of electricity, water, and municipal rates and taxes.
A municipal building and several vehicles belonging to the town of Ekurhuleni were also set on fire.
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They are also unhappy with the Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Tania Campbell, who failed to show up for a community meeting last Friday.
Xolani Mnisi of the Tembisa Community Forum said the mayor and municipal officials have now promised to come and meet with the community.
Mnisi says, “I don’t know if the protest is going ahead or not, but I feel the message has been heard and I hope things will return to normal. As Tembisa Community Forum we call for calm and for people to come back, and wait for the municipality to come to us because we met them yesterday (Monday) they said they would come to Tembisa this week Friday, come s business of the community and the mayor has promised that she will come here in a personal capacity with her delegation.
VIDEO: Residents, municipal elected officials give their understanding of the reasons for the demonstration in Tembisa:
The situation in Tembisa is calm on Tuesday morning.
Ekhuruleni Metro Police spokesman Kelebogile Thepa said there were no signs of protest in the area.
Thepa says, “A sense of calm can be felt in the Tembisa area after yesterday’s protest action where municipal buildings were set on fire and also claimed lives. There are no signs of protest today although the roads are still barricaded with stones. Motorists using the Tembisa road are advised to do so with caution.
VIDEO: Ekurhuleni Mayor Tania Campbell provides an update on Monday: