Johannesburg – Nine more people were arrested on Friday
during a protests in Langa, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police said.
“They were arrested for public violence and contempt
of court,” said police spokesperson Gerda Swart.
The area was quiet, but police were still keeping watch.
“The situation in the township remains tense but
stable with police monitoring the situation very closely. Late yesterday
[Thursday], isolated incidents of tyre burning in the streets were
She said four other people were arrested on Thursday.
The Nelson Mandela metro appealed for calm and stability
in the area.
“We understand clearly the stressful situations that
our people find themselves in due to lack of houses… We urge our people to be
patient and avoid being misled and used as a tool for political point
scoring,” Deputy Mayor Chippa Ngcolomba said.
He said the three-day violent protest in Kwalanga,
Rosedale and surrounding areas was fuelled by criminality and opportunism.
“The high rate of service delivery in Uitenhage
gives us comfort that these incidents have absolutely nothing to do with
service delivery. They also have nothing to do with lack of information and
A municipal health and wellness office, an ANC’s house,
and a DA office were set alight. Several shops were looted.
The protests erupted on Wednesday after the municipality
demolished illegally built houses, police spokesperson Basil Seekoei said on
The DA said the slow pace of housing delivery, high
levels of unemployment, and political infighting were the main causes of the
“The painfully slow pace of service delivery from
this ANC government has frustrated communities who continue to live in poverty
while ANC cronies fight over positions and patronage rather than fighting for
the people,” said Gustav Rautenbach, DA chief whip in the Nelson Mandela
“The mayor and deputy mayor must attend to this
crisis and ensure that calm is restored to the Uitenhage community as a matter
of urgency,” he said.