A planned visit by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane and Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga to a small business and job creation project in Ga-Rankuwa in northern Pretoria has been disrupted by locals.

The group wanted to address Msimanga on service delivery issues, including sewerage leaks. Police were called in.

The two leaders were later escorted by the police out of the venue.

Msimanga says he has been trying to engage the community for some time now without success.

“This is one of the areas we have wanted to come in because of service delivery but we have been blocked. So today (Tuesday) what is happening outside is a classic example of people who are genuinely saying engage us, but while were still engaging with them there’s a group that says we don’t want you here. Now how am I supposed to hear the communities’ concerns and address their concerns when you have people that are willing to ensure that you don’t address the community’s concerns? We need to move beyond this issue of politicising service delivery.”