Roodepoort protests to continue

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Service delivery protest123 INDEPENDENDENT NEWSPAPERS Photo: Dumisani Sibeko.

Johannebsurg - Residents of the Princess informal settlement in Roodepoort, on the West Rand, vowed to resume their service delivery protest later on Friday.

A resident who asked not to be named said the protest for better housing and service delivery would be stepped up on Friday night. It began on Tuesday.

Branches, broken glass, rocks, a broken traffic light and other debris were scattered on Albertina Sisulu Road.

The area was quiet and a handful of police officers were present on Friday afternoon. A police car and a Nyala were parked on the outskirts of the informal settlement.

Residents said they spoke to government officials on Thursday. The officials undertook to return and address their concerns on Tuesday, another resident said.

One man said government was allowing town houses to be built on land meant for their RDP homes. He said they were tired of undelivered promises.

Earlier, police and metro police warned motorists to stay away from the area as protesters threw stones at passing vehicles.

Asked why they were littering, one man said: “Since government doesn't want to do anything for us, they can at least come clean up the place.”

No arrests or injuries had been reported.


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