Walmer protests get Premier's attention

AUGUST 14, 2015

Addressing the media at Uitenhage town hall on Friday, Premier of the Eastern Cape, Phumulo Masualle, said that his administration was looking into what sparked the two-day violent protests in Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

Masualle said that he is happy that the Walmer community had agreed to a process to resolve their grievances.

He, however, condemned the use of violence to achieve social objectives.

"I think we can still achieve all these different mechanisms, likewise, Ugie and other areas, we are noting of course the intensification of these actions, understandably so, there are a number of factors that contribute to this, but certainly where there are genuine service delivery concerns, we would work with them to resolve these matters. Surely it cannot be done through destruction," the Premier said.

He also said that they were deeply concerned after a series of violent service delivery protests rocked the Eastern Cape this week.

Besides the Walmer protests, residents also took to the streets in Kenton-on-Sea; Mdantstane; Sterkstroom; Ginsberg in King Williams Town, as well as outside Queenstown.