tshwane_protestThe Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) strongly condemns the burning, destruction and vandalism that is currently taking place in Tshwane.

Reports indicate that several roads are blocked with burning tyres, vehicles have been set alight and shops looted.

“While it is evident that a number of factors are contributing to growing frustration, all parties involved have a role to play in resolving this very serious situation. Affected communities must desist from destruction to state property and our Government has a responsibility to engage with disgruntled members of the public and prevent further damage,” stated IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

IMATU has become increasingly alarmed at the growing levels of violent protests recorded around the country. Corruption, poor service delivery, inequality, unemployment, skills shortages, wasteful expenditure and infrastructure theft are some of the contributing factors to the growing number of protests. Political unrest, leading up to the 2016 Local Government Elections on 3 August 2016, has presented as another causal dynamic.

IMATU believes that the relevant leadership throughout the three tiers of Government must address this unfolding crisis swiftly. All South Africans have the right to raise their grievances and concerns however, the rule of law must be respected.