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Mar 7 2013 12:52AM
 
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Kamogelo Seekoei

Worried residents of Zastron have approached AfriForum for help after their businesses were allegedly looted by protesting residents in the town last week.

AfriForum organiser for the province, Cornelius Els, said it appeared that looting during protest action against poor municipal services had become the norm.

He said AfriForum was shocked that the unrest in Zastron, which has led to chaos in the town, has continued for nearly a month.

“I received a call last week warning me to close the shop as people were approaching town in protest of poor service delivery,” Els told The New Age on Wednesday.

“It is unacceptable that the police are forced into a situation where they are unable to protect private property against protesters. The attitude of the Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Richard Baloyi, towards the community is clearly one of complete apathy.

“Poor service delivery is creating hotspots across the country at the expense of business owners and the public.”

Els said AfriForum planned on establishing a branch in Zastron to monitor the situation continuously and to support the community.

But community leader Sabelo Jordaan refuted claims that there were protests in the town.

He said some ANC members had issues among themselves and some meetings were “disrupted”.

“Yes we disrupted an ANC meeting last week but there was no unrest in the town as it is claimed and I do not know of any looting,” Jordaan said.

provinces@thenewage.co.za

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