Tshwane warns of possible violent protests in these areas on Monday

The City of Tshwane has alerted residents to potential violent protests in Pretoria West. Alderman Grandi Theunissen, MMC for Community Safety, announced that illegal protests are expected on the morning of Monday, 20 May, in the Booysens Hercules area.

Protesters have threatened to create barricades, ignite fires, and deploy petrol bombs, stones, and bricks. They also plan to damage electricity connections and target businesses and the Hercules Police Station.

Residents in the affected areas are urged to exercise caution.

Here are affected areas

The specific areas include Booysens to the north of Van Der Hoff Road towards the Witwatersberg mountain, Bremer Street, Attie Street, Theo Slabbert Street, Richardsbay Road, Daspoort Tunnel, and Van Der Hoff Road. Additionally, Fortdig Tshwane electrical depot, Suiderberg, Mountain View, Hercules, Claremont, Booysens, Kirkney, and Lotus Gardens might also face disruptions.

In response to these threats, the City reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining law and order. “We will not tolerate any criminal behavior,” stated Theunissen.
“TMPD will take strong action against offenders.”

Theunissen prioritises 47 cases from 2023 Tshwane labour protests

Theunissen has been monitoring progress on 47 criminal cases related to the 2023 unlawful labour protests that severely disrupted service delivery across Tshwane. Since taking office in February 2024, he has focused on ensuring these cases are addressed.

The Executive Mayor, Cllr Cilliers Brink, has written to the South African Police Service (SAPS) Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng, Lieutenant General Tommy Mthombeni, requesting urgent updates on these cases.
The Mayor emphasised the need for a thorough investigation and swift resolution of these serious crimes.

“Those identified must face consequences as we endeavor to uphold the principles of fairness and justice. We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the instigators have their day in court,” Brink stated.

The City of Tshwane is dedicated to upholding the rule of law and addressing all aspects of the illegal strike for the benefit of the community. Through proactive measures and consequence management, the City aims to deter future illegal strikes and safeguard residents and businesses.