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Scandal protest escalates

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No arrests have been made yet with protesters running away from several protest points before the police arrived

THE SERVICE delivery protest in the Scandal settlement has escalated with frustrated residents barricading Activity Road leading into Galeshewe, Tyson Street in West End, and Barkly West Road in Homestead.

Police and traffic officers were on high alert yesterday, putting out burning tyres and controlling the flow of traffic while protesters moved from one point to the next.

On Tuesday motorists using Activity Road could use detours at the Galeshewe Day Hospital and through Tambo Square to reach town. Yesterday, however, these detours were also barricaded.

No arrests have been made yet with protesters running away from several protest points before the police arrived.

Protest action started on Tuesday with residents demanding that they be addressed by the Executive Mayor.

Residents also threatened to go all out and unite informal settlements after their demand for Mayor Patrick Mabilo and the MEC for Coghsta, Bentley Fass, to address them, failed.

According to them the municipality promised them water, toilets and to clean the area where they erected their shacks. Residents dismissed a delegation from the mayoral committee that told them that they had to wait three weeks for water and that the municipality cannot provide them with toilets.

Mabilo’s office has thus far failed to respond to questions on whether there were any plans in place to meet with residents from Scandal.