On Wednesday, residents of the township - which has a population of over 15000 - blocked off the R28 towards Westonaria from as early as 2am.
The protest was organised over electrification of Spooktown and X Section - informal settlements in the area - but residents said that was not the only issue as there were constant sewage floods and inadequate roads.
“It is not only about electrification. The area as a whole is a disaster zone. How are we supposed to raise good role models in this s**thole? They are now stopping us from marching to the councillor’s office. We have been promised electricity since 2017 although our settlement (Spooktown) was established in 2003. The budget has been allocated. It is clear that someone is looting and we are not going to vote until they cater to our needs,” said a resident.
Winnie Mokwena, who was born in the area, calls it a “pigsty”.