Unhappy with what they say is slow service delivery in their community, disgruntled residents of Eersterust have barricaded roads while protesting over service delivery.
Constant electricity cut offs, high rates and taxes, water restrictions and flawed RDP processes are just some of the burning issues that residents said they’ve had to deal with.
Some residents claim that corruption had infiltrated the municipality accompanied by nepotism and the flouting of procurement processes.
“The mayor must come and address us or else all hell with break loose. We are tired of being second best to Mamelodi. They get more services than we do. Why is that?” asked a resident.
"Since last year we have been writing to our councillors, municipal managers and the mayor,about our grievances, we have submitted a number of petitions but our issues have never been addressed," said another resident.
The normally busy Stormvoël Road which leads into Eersterust has been occupied by angry residents who are burning types and and tossing rocks.
The protesters gathered from about 5am causing a halt to traffic. Motorists had to use alternative routes to get to work. While some opted to stay and avoid the vehicles being stoned.
Police are monitoring the situation.
“Police are on the scene. No arrests have been made yet as the protest is not violent‚” said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Johan van Byk.
He said the protesters have closed Stormvoël Road‚ making it difficult for motorists to access the area.