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By unknown | Jun 22, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

An uneasy calm returned to Mamelodi in Pretoria yesterday after a day of rioting over lack of service delivery in the area.

Residents of the area's informal settlement, Ward 17, took to the streets on Wednesday, barricading roads with rocks and burning tyres.

The residents demanded they be moved to extensions 14 and 15 in the area.

But they said they would only vacate the land they were currently occupying if government resettled them on land it had promised them.

They complained of alleged corruption in the allocation of RDP houses in Mamelodi.

At least six people, including an unidentified toddler, were injured when police fired rubber bullets, and 48 rioters were arrested in running battles between residents and police.

"The detainees were released from police custody on warning.

"They have been warned to appear in court on June 28," said Inspector Paul Ramaloko.

Ramaloko yesterday described the situation in the affected area as "back to normal".

Spokesman for the residents, Jacob Lebese, said further action would depend on the outcome of Tuesday's meeting with the local council.

Lebese said they had made arrangements to clean the roads which had been barricaded during Wednesday's riot.

"They will be cleaned before the end of the week."


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