Protesters in Ottosdal in North West have moved to the central business district and are torching the municipal buildings. The Traffic Department’s offices and the boardroom of the local municipality are on fire.
The old library building in this town is also being vandalised by angry residents.
Motorists are being pelted with stones as they try to pass by and burning tyres are used to barricade roads.
Workers at two mining companies in Ottosdal, Wonderstone and Idwala, failed to report for work this morning as a result of the march that is underway. These mines are therefore not operational.
Schools, clinics and foreign shops are also closed at this stage. OFM News’ correspondent Joba Matsheng is at the scene and heavy black smoke is at the center of developments.
Attempts to get comments from the Department of Education’s spokesperson, Elias Malindi, failed as his phone rang unanswered.
Residents are protesting over a lack of service delivery, which includes bad roads, the lack of sports infrastructure, ongoing water shortages, and corruption.
Three weeks ago they submitted a memorandum to the municipality and their demands were not addressed, nor was there a response to their memorandum.
NW spokesperson for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Dineo Thapelo, said the memorandum has not reached their office.
This is a developing story.
-OFM News/Joba Matsheng
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