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Marlboro residents to continue protesting

Published Sep 30, 2008


Over 500 Marlboro residents, north of Johannesburg on Tuesday said they will continue protesting until government officials assure them that they will build houses and stop evictions.

"The government has not shown responsibility in building houses in Marlboro and hasn't responded to any memorandums handed to them," said a spokesperson for the Anti-Privatisation Forum, Silumko Radebe.

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Residents gathered at different intersections near Alexandra had barricaded roads with burning tyres in protest against evictions and poor service delivery.

On September 3 residents marched to the Alexandra Renewal Project offices to present a memorandum of demands.

The government was given seven days to respond, but never did, said Radebe. Many residents were evicted from a warehouses in the area by private owners, despite their having won a court order in 2005 preventing any evictions in Marlboro.

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"This was on the on the basis that the government will build alternative houses or give us alternative accommodation, but there are continuous evictions taking place in the area," said Radebe.

He said they would continue protesting until the matter received the urgent attention it deserved. - Sapa

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