Service delivery protests rock FS

The residents of Bronville in Welkom, in the Free State, have embarked on a service delivery protest on Wednesday 12 February 2020 after they have been without electricity for two days.

The police spokesperson, Motantsi Makhele, says the R73 road between Welkom and Virginia was blocked with burning tyres and bricks this morning. He says the police arrived to monitor the situation and that traffic is flowing again.

OFM news reports  that this follows after an overhead electrical cable, supplying Bronville and the industrial areas, was vandalised at the SS11 substation in an attempt to steal copper wires on Monday. No suspect has been arrested. A resident of Bronville says the copper cable theft in the area has been re-occurring. She adds that the residents have been asking the municipality to deploy security guards at the substation, however, they are still not deployed.

In Monyakeng in Wesselsbron, also in the Free State, a group of about 100 residents blocked the streets with burning tyres this morning, raising their dissatisfaction with the Nala Municipality. Makhele says, however, schools were not disrupted and workers are also going to work. He added that it is confirmed that the Free State Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) officials are on their way to address the group about their concerns.