Police kept a watchful eye on the situation. Photo TK Mashaba 

Mountain View (Spa Park) on tenterhooks


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Uneasy calm returned to the embattled Mountain View (Spa Park) in the aftermath of a violent flare-up on Wednesday 26 July.

Early on Monday 31 July erratic residents were awaiting an extra-ordinary council meeting, from which Bela-Bela Mayor Jeremiah Ngobeni was expected to provide the way forward.

The meeting is a sequel to an outbreak of violent protests by residents over a housing dispute.

Community leader Keenan Alberts on Monday said the situation had somewhat returned to normal, and that residents were awaiting a response from the mayor.

Speaking to residents during an impromptu mass meeting, the mayor impressed on them he did not have immediate information at his disposal regarding the housing crisis, promising to report back shortly.  

Angry residents had barricaded streets with burning tyres, charging the municipality had reneged on a promise to build 500 RDP houses in the area.

The protest forced the closure of Spa Park Primary School and Jinah Park Primarty School, with many unable to report for work on the day. 

The municipality, it has been reported, had allegedly decided to build only 250 houses, which angered residents.

Bela-Bela acting station commissioner, Lieutenant-Colonel Abel Phetla, said there had been no arrests and that the police were keeping an eye on the situation.

Members of the police had descended on the area in eight vans and an armoured personnel carrier to maintain order, at the height of the protest.

9 months ago       03 August 2017