Ministers visit site of delivery protests

President Jacob Zuma kept his promise to the people of Balfour in Mpumalanga when a delegation of ministers visited the area yesterday to address service delivery concerns that sparked protests this year.

Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane led a delegation of ministers to Siyathemba, Balfour, as a follow-up to the visit by Zuma last month.

The delegation also included Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka and Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge.

Protests in the area led to xenophobic violence, forcing more than 100 foreign nationals to take refuge at the local police station.

Angry residents also torched the home of mayor Lefty Tsotetsi.

Zuma slammed the violent protests and promised that the government would resolve residents' concerns.

The ministers undertook to complete the housing projects in the province, while the Dipaleseng municipality would build 100 houses before the end of the financial year.