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Govt concerned by destruction of public property during protests

Eyewitness News logo Eyewitness News 2019-08-09 Theto Mahlakoana
a group of people walking on a city street: The South African Police Service and Johannesburg Metro Police Department clashed with protesters in the central Johannesburg on Thursday, 1 August 2019. © IntelligenceBureauSA/Facebook The South African Police Service and Johannesburg Metro Police Department clashed with protesters in the central Johannesburg on Thursday, 1 August 2019.

JOHANNESBURG - The government said it was concerned by the growing incidents of destruction of public property during strikes.

In recent days, the cities of Tshwane and Johannesburg were trashed by protestors, with some public infrastructures vandalised in the process.

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said that government discussed these developments during its Cabinet meeting on Wednesday and expressed concern about the major financial and social implications it caused.

"The right to protest is protected and enshrined in our Constitution and there are many peaceful ways to address public grievances without destroying public services and property. Restoring damaged infrastructure has huge financial and social implications, which negatively impact on citizens who us such amenities daily."

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