Daphne Ramushu said she has been a resident in this improvised location since she was born more than 50-years ago and, last week she, together with scores of Alexandra residents, took to the streets in what they called a complete “shutdown” in protest for service delivery.
“I will tell you that this place before 1994 was not as dirty and as crowded like this,” she said.
“You hardly saw rats around or running sewage on the streets. The streets were clean and wide. Now people have built on pavements and there is filth all over,” she said
Ramushu said the shutdown was reminiscent of the 1976 and 1986 protests which took place in many formerly black and coloured townships, including Alexandra. She said the only difference was that in the recent protest there were no casualties or destruction of property.