Protesters block the Golden Highway at Ward 4,Driezik. 10416. Picture: Chris Collingridge 689

Johannesburg - News of Pikitup workers returning to work on Monday has not reached residents of Drieziek at Orange Farm.

They took to the streets in protest against filthy streets from as early as 2am.

Residents said they felt neglected as their trash had not been collected in weeks, leaving their neighbourhood filthy and smelly.

A large group barricaded roads with debris, including large rocks and sticks, saying they were frustrated over mounting service delivery issues such as a lack of paved roads, sanitation, electricity and housing.

“At voting time they come and promise everything,” said a woman who did not want to be named in fear of retribution.

She said the community had been neglected for far too long and that they were demanding that the councillor step down.

Another community member said schools were closed as pupils and teachers could not travel to schools safely.

By 9am, many pupils in uniform were seen strolling the streets.

Taxis that use the main road were redirected.

On several street corners, rubbish piled in winding heaps as the smell wafted through the dusty streets.

A significant contingent of police and metro police officers were on the scene to monitor the protest.

A section of the Golden Highway entering the township was closed off to traffic and motorists were redirected.

Officers warned them to steer away from the protest action as they could be in danger.

JMPD spokesman Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said no arrests had been made and no injuries were reported.

He said officers would remain on the scene.

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