EC Cogta MEC condemns destruction during protest

Eastern Cape Cogta MEC Xolile Nqatha has condemned the spate of vandalism that has accompanied recent protests by workers in BCM.

DESTRUCTION: MEC Xolile Nqatha has condemned recent acts of vandalism during protests by BCM workers
Picture: SINO MAJANGAZA

As reported by the Daily Dispatch (‘Tempers rise as BCM workers’ burning tyres choke city main points with smoke’, February 19), workers kicked off an allegedly unsanctioned strike last week over the lack of financial support from the municipality.

The SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) denied any role in the protest, which also saw streets in East London and King William’s Town blocked by burning tyres and overturned bins.

“I condemn the destruction of public property and closure of healthcare facilities,” Nqatha said over the weekend.

“It is my firm view that no demand can justify assault on the rights of other citizens, to the contrary it can only delegitimise even genuine demands.

“I wish to call upon all parties to follow due process and respect the rule of law.”

Nqatha also urged law enforcement to deal with those caught breaking lockdown regulations.

“All these protests are not in compliance with the regulations of the Disaster Management Act.

“We call upon all the organisers to refrain from staging these protests as they are breaching Covid-19 regulations,” he said.

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