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Ekurhuleni Mayor To Meet With Tembisa Residents Today

Ekurhuleni Mayor To Meet With Tembisa Residents Today

Tania Campbell, the mayor of Ekurhuleni, is expected to meet with the disgruntled residents of Tembisa at a local stadium on Friday morning following the deadly protests that rocked the community earlier this week.

Locals took to the streets in protest over the increase in water and electricity tariffs. The demonstrations in the East Rand township claimed four lives and left a trail of destruction to infrastructure amounting to millions of rands in damages.

Mayor Campbell will have to brace herself for a tough crowd as she tries to quell tensions in Tembisa on Friday morning. The standoff between Tembisa residents and officials was triggered by tariff hikes last week.

In addition to billing queries, unsatisfactory service from the customer care staff and tariff inequalities between various townships in the city were among other grievances.

A delegation from the Ekurhuleni municipality was initially sent to meet with the community leaders but the talks quickly broke down.

At the start of this week, residents intensified the protest, calling for Campbell to come and address them on the steep costs of water and electricity.

Campbell then met with the community forum behind closed doors and under police guard. Today is D-day for Campbell and members of her mayoral committee.

The multi-party coalition partners are also expected to join the mayor as she gives the community feedback on their memorandum of demands.


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