Two of the deceased have been identified as Eugene Shabalala, a chef, and Pheta Molonyana, a welder.
Maile, Ekurhuleni mayor Tania Campbell, city and provincial officials visited some of the bereaved families after a briefing at the Thembisa police station.
Speaking during the community meeting with Maile and metro officials, Sithole said the issue of criminality doesn’t mean the residents of Thembisa are criminals. “Once there is a solution to the problems, it will be addressed,” he said.
Campbell said they would meet residents on Friday, once they had received information on issues relating to the community’s demands, which they were investigating, so they could give proper feedback.
“I have asked certain departments to investigate issues for me [from the memorandum of demands], where we then as a municipality can step in and give relief to residents,” she said.
Campbell said there are also investigations with the police and EMPD into the protest fatalities. “They are busy with those. I had a touch base [meeting] with our chief of police and we are in communication.
“This is precisely why we have called this meeting to try to stop more lives being lost.”