Tembisa protest aftermath – residents of Tembisa have launched a clean up campaign to restore the beauty of their community.
TEMBISA PROTEST POST ACTION BY RESIDENTS
Isithame Community members launched the cleaning campaign on Women’s Day, Tuesday, 9 August, according to The Voice of Tembisa.
The active residents comprising males and females rolled up their sleeves and swept the streets that had been engulfed in debris and burning tyres during the Tembisa protest last week.
The residents of Tembisa went on a rampage recently causing utter chaos in the community over service delivery concerns.
THE CAUSE OF THE DEADLY UNREST IN TEMBISA
The residents were unhappy with their increased electricity tariffs and the abrupt cutting off of power.
The Tembisa protest went on for almost a week. The chaos resulted in a number of deaths as law enforcement agencies clashed with the community.
Among the killed was Phetha “Ponana” Molonyama, the Tembisa welder who was gunned down last Monday, 1 August.
The 42-year-old from Mashemong section in Tembisa was shot by an Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officer during clashes between the community and law enforcement.
The EFF condemned the killing of the welder and criticised law enforcement for using lethal weapons to deal with crowds.
The sweeping by Isithame community members may be a step in the right direction but certainly not enough to restore the damage in Tembisa.
Ekurhuleni Mayor Tania Campbell revealed the cost of the extensive damage caused by the protests in Tembisa.
She said that current estimates of the damage incurred sit at around R35 million. This will still need to go through an auditing process.
“We have done an estimate of the damage and it is about R35 million. That still has to go through a proper auditing process. We appeal to communities not to damage property which is there to serve them. Those facilities are there for our communities, to assist our communities”.