JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Premier David Makhura has reportedly warned Johannesburg residents that that if they burn down buildings, they will not get new ones.
The Citizen is reporting that the Premier told Finetown community members that if government fixes a road or a clinic, residents must protect them.
Makhura has issued the warning in the wake of violent demonstrations in Vanderbijpark and Limpopo.
His spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane says, “In a maturing democracy like ours, there’s no need to burn amenities in order to express your dissatisfaction about the pace of service delivery.”
More than 20 schools have been torched in the Vuwani area, bringing learning to a standstill.
At the same time, Cooperative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen yesterday said Vuwani residents have committed to peace and rebuilding of the area as thousands of pupils prepare for school on Monday.
Several high profile meetings have been taking place in the area to ensure the situation returns to normal as soon as possible.
Vuwani was declared a disaster area this week following violent protests.
Van Rooyen said they have been interacting with the people of Vuwani and surrounding areas regarding a way forward.
“We’ll even go to those villages where schools are not operating, we are working with all sector leadership [and] the community, including traditional leaders.”