Community centre destroyed in Ekurhuleni protest

Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina said the vandalism at a Customer Care Centre, following a protest in Tembisa, could not be justified, adding that there would be severe consequences. 

The incident took place at Winnie Mandela Park. Central to this particular storm was the power outage experienced in that community this week. Some reports indicate that the lights were out for two days in Tembisa.

The Mayor said this was an act of criminality, adding that there would be severe consequences for those who have contributed to the destruction of that centre. The great tragedy though, is that the centre was opened just recently.

“Whilst we note and respect the rights of communities to protest, this shouldn’t be used to opportunistically sabotage public goods,” said Masina.

“As the City we condemn this behavior in the strongest possible terms,” added Masina.

“Such a platform could have been best to raise and address burning issues. It can’t be correct that a two-day power outage justifies the burning and vandalizing of a recently built customer care center,” said Masina.

The matter is now the subject of a police investigation.

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