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Johannesburg - Members of the SA Communist Party in Gauteng marched on Wednesday in protest against housing corruption, spokesman Lucian Segami said.
Residents of Alexandra, Lenasia, Lolly, Motsoaledi, Newtown, Orange Farm, and Zamimpilo took part in the protest to highlight serious problems of housing and service delivery backlogs, he said.
“People have been promised houses and have been waiting for too long... where government delivers there are elements of corruption.”
He said they wanted the financial sector to transform to enable residents to access loans to improve or build their houses.
The Johannesburg metro police said traffic flow was disrupted in Braamfontein and the city centre due to the protest march.
“Traffic on Simmonds Street has been affected. Members of the SACP are protesting in Braamfontein,” said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.
He said the march would also disrupt traffic on Sauer and Albertina Sisulu streets in the city centre until 1.30pm.
Segami said the march started at Constitution Hill and proceeded to the City of Johannesburg offices in Braamfontein to hand over a memorandum of demands to mayor Parks Tau's office.
Two more memoranda would be handed to the Johannesburg Housing Company and the Gauteng provincial housing department.
He said many people had been evicted from houses owned by the Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) throughout Gauteng.
“We suspect there is corruption between officials and property mafia who have hijacked buildings belonging to the JHC.”