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Midvaal Mayor denies neglecting townships

Midvaal Municipality Mayor Bongani Baloyi has dismissed allegations levelled against him by protesters at Sicelo Informal Settlement at Meyerton in the Vaal Triangle.They’ve accused him of neglecting townships and focusing only in urban areas.

However, Baloyi says there’s a third force behind the ongoing protests, saying there is service delivery in the area.

He says there are people fuelling the protests in Midvaal to destabilise the DA-run municipality.

Baloyi says as the municipality they are doing all in their power to deliver services to everyone.

He says residents get frustrated with the slow provision of houses, but housing is a responsibility of the province.

He adds that a team has been sent to engage with residents to address their concerns.

Twelve people have been arrested for destroying property, as well as public violence.

Police have been deployed in the area to monitor the situation.

Watch video below for scenes from Friday’s protests:

http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/68f1f0804d9866d6ab08ef4bb456f37b/Midvaal-Mayor-denies-neglecting-townships-20162307

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