PROTESTS characterised the landscape of Maruleng municipal area in Limpopo since last week as angry residents demanded a response to their grievances dating back several months ago.
The residents of Hoedspruit, Santeng and De Oxe poured their frustrations onto the streets, accusing the municipal authorities of ignoring the memorandums they previously submitted.
Police had their hands full as they battled to bring the situation under control.
However, police spokesperson in the area, Sergeant Kedibone Mulaudzi, said the area commander this week held a meeting with municipal officials and some community leaders in a bid to calm the situation.
In a meeting, the municipality agreed to respond to residents’ memorandums.
Mulaudzi said no major damage to properties nor injuries were reported so far but police will continue to monitor the situation.
The Maruleng municipality spokesperson, John Seokoma, said the municipality speaker and the councillors of the affected wards will arrange a meeting with the community to try and resolve their problems.
“We fully understand their concern and this is not something to be ignored, but I will only be able to provide the update after the meeting,” he said.
The residents blockaded main roads with rocks, poles and burning tyres in an action that was also influenced by countrywide mobilisation against President Jacob Zuma.
One resident said the protests were fuelled by anger.
“We are taking this destructive action because nobody listens or takes us serious [ly] when we do things properly and peacefully. We have been submitting memorandums to the municipality for the poor delivery of services without any response. So, we decided to do this.”