Pretoria communities gather to protest against higher rates

Pretoria - About 10 buses packed with protesters from Mabopane, Winterveld, Klipgat and Ga-Rankuwa have descended on the Old Putco Depot in Marabastad on Monday morning. The 500 plus protesters are gearing up to march to Tshwane House to hand over a memorandum to executive mayor Solly Msimanga. They are singing and chanting while waiting for more protesters to join the march. Tshwane Metro Police and the SAPS are keeping a close eye on the protesters. Spokesperson for the Baagi Concerned Forum David Ratladi Baagi said that the communities of Ga-Rankuwa, Mabopane, Winterveld and Klipgat pay a reduced rate for services to Tshwane and the Soshanguve community pays a higher rate. But now the City of Tshwane intends raising the communities rates to equal that of Shoshanguve. " We as the community of Mabopane, Winterveld and Klipgat were not consulted," he said. Tshwane Metro Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said affected streets will include Eskia …
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