Protesting Bophelong residents attempt to shut school

Such sights are prevalent in Bophelong Township in Vanderbijlpark

By Mswazie Dube

Protesting residents of Bophelong today attempted to close down Bophelong New Secondary School in extension 10.

The residents are protesting against Emfuleni Municipality’s poor service delivery. Some sections of the township have been without electricity for some time while pipe bursts are common sights in the township.

The protesting residents were refused entry into the school by the security.

One of the security guards who requested to remain anonymous said the protesting group was complaining about lack of electricity in the township.

“So I told them to leave the learners alone and go to the municipality to air their complaints. What has the school to do with electricity,” he said.

He also added that the residents were demanding for the fixing of burst pipes in the township.

Vaal Observer could not identify the leader of the protestors as they dispersed before our news team arrived.

However the Municipal spokesman Makhosonke Sangweni told Vaal Observer that electricity was restored in the township on Monday.

“Electricity was restored on Monday,” said Sangweni.

Turning to the issue of pipe bursts, Sangweni said: “There is company known as ERWART that was appointed to deal with such and it has been attending to all the reported leakages and bursts, they shall continue to do so and we shall encourage them to fast tract the processes but for now, you would know we on Lockdown so they may not have all their workers on the ground.”

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