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Residents, police stand-off in Tembisa

Gauteng
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Angry protesters form Madelakufa informal settlement in Thembisa - Gauteng - vent their frustration outside the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality offices as they demand houses which were allegedly promised by President Jacob Zuma. Armed police and Metro police officers gathered on the property to keep the peace as fed-up residents waved placards and flags, shouted out their complaints and demanded to be heard by council officials. Photo: Andrew Royal, The StarProtesters form Madelakufa informal settlement in Thembisa - Gauteng - gather outside the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality offices as they demand houses which were allegedly promised by President Zuma.  Armed police and Metro police officers gathered on the property to keep the peace as fed-up residents waved placards and flags, shouted out their complaints and demanded to be heard by council officials. Photo: Thobile Mathonsi, The StarProtesters form Madelakufa informal settlement in Thembisa - Gauteng - gather outside the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality offices as they demand houses which were allegedly promised by President Zuma.  Armed police and Metro police officers gathered on the property to keep the peace as fed-up residents waved placards and flags, shouted out their complaints and demanded to be heard by council officials. Photo: Andrew Royal, The StarAngry protesters form Madelakufa informal settlement in Thembisa - Gauteng - gather outside the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality offices as they demand houses which were allegedly promised by President Jacob Zuma. Armed police and Metro police officers gathered on the property to keep the peace as fed-up residents waved placards and flags, shouted out their complaints and demanded to be heard by council officials. Photo: Chris Collingridge, The StarTempers flaired in Tembisa after the residents of Madelakufa informal settlement handed over a memorandum of grievances to the the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.  The residents were demanding houses which were allegedly promised to them by President Jacob Zuma.  Armed police and Metro police officers gathered on the property to keep the peace as fed-up residents waved placards and flags, shouted out their complaints and demanded to be heard by council officials. Photo: Andrew Royal, The StarProtesters form Madelakufa informal settlement in Thembisa - Gauteng - gather outside the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality offices as they demand houses which were allegedly promised by President Zuma.  Armed police and Metro police officers gathered on the property to keep the peace as fed-up residents waved placards and flags, shouted out their complaints and demanded to be heard by council officials. Photo: Chris Collingridge, The StarProtesters form Madelakufa informal settlement in Thembisa - Gauteng - gather outside the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality offices as they demand houses which were allegedly promised by President Zuma.  Armed police and Metro police officers gathered on the property to keep the peace as fed-up residents waved placards and flags, shouted out their complaints and demanded to be heard by council officials. Photo: Chris Collingridge, The StarProtesters form Madelakufa informal settlement in Thembisa - Gauteng - gather outside the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality offices as they demand houses which were allegedly promised by President Zuma.  Armed police and Metro police officers gathered on the property to keep the peace as fed-up residents waved placards and flags, shouted out their complaints and demanded to be heard by council officials. Photo: Andrew Royal, The StarAngry protesters form Madelakufa informal settlement in Thembisa - Gauteng - gather outside the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality offices demanding housing which was allegedly promised by President Jacob Zuma. Armed police and Metro police officers gathered on the property to keep the peace as fed-up residents waved placards and flags, shouted out their complaints and demanded to be heard by council officials. Photo: Chris Collingridge, The Star

Hundreds of residents from the Madelakufa squatter camp surrounded the Ekhuruleni Municipality's Tembisa Customer Care Centre to demand houses. Armed police and Metro police officers gathered on the property to keep the peace as angry residents waved placards and flags, shouted out their complaints and demanded to be heard by council officials.

The residents handed over a memorandum of demands, insisting that 2 500 of Madelakufa's estimated 8 000 residents be immediately relocated to houses at nearby Strydom Land, referred to as “our promised land”.

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