Protesters demand premier visit

Johannesburg - Residents of Boiketlong in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg, were angry on Friday when they heard Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane was not coming to address them.

“She is disrespectful... we heard that she was in Sebokeng Zone 6 but she did not bother to come here,” said community leader Daniel Mofokeng.

The life expectancy of people living in Gauteng has improved, premier Nomvula Mokonyane said. File picture: Dumisani Dube. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

Earlier on Friday, Mokonyane's spokesman Thebe Mohathle confirmed to Sapa that the premier would be going to Boiketlong.

Residents started dancing and singing struggle songs such as “thina si lwela amalungelo wethu” (We are fighting for our rights) under a railway bridge upon hearing that Mokonyane was no longer coming.

They also turned back vehicles entering Boiketlong.

“This means war. We are going to burn things until someone listens to us,” said disgruntled resident Amos Mokwena.

Residents took to the streets on Wednesday demanding decent housing. One protester erson was shot dead.