Police Minister Bheki Cele is expected to engage residents of Mkhondo in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, later on Sunday.

This  after residents engaged in violent protests, calling for the removal of the Mkhondo Executive Mayor, Vusi Motha.

The residents accuse Motha of being behind the gangsters that are terrorising the community.

Community leader Nhlanhla Ngwebu says Cele’s deployment of police has brought hope to the residents.

“Ever since this particular outcry by the community reached the ears of the Minister he has able to send his people. They are on the ground, they are working very hard twenty four seven.  As we speak there are people that have been apprehended and the community is now starting feel safe, because in the previous weeks we would be indoors as early as 4 o’clock, but now we are able to associate with other people so I can briefly say we are safe and we witness  that the intervention is very much positive.”