An­gry pro­test­ers bar­ri­cade road

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TSHIAMO MATOJANE AND ASANDE MAJOLA

TEN­SION boiled over in Mey­er­ton, south of Joburg, yes­ter­day as res­i­dents of Sicelo Shiceka in­for­mal set­tle­ment em­barked on their third con­sec­u­tive day of protests.

They are de­mand­ing bet­ter ser­vice de­liv­ery, in­clud­ing housing, elec­tric­ity and wa­ter pro­vi­sion.

Res­i­dents be­gan gath­er­ing on the R59 near Mey­er­ton from 4.40am yes­ter­day, erect­ing bar­ri­cades and ward­ing off mo­torists.

“We can con­firm that the R59 is still closed be­tween the Le Roux and Meyer Street of­framps.

“It started around 4.30am, when they threw stones at mo­torists. We had to use stun grenades to dis­perse the crowd,” said Gauteng po­lice spokesper­son Mavela Ma­sondo.

ER24 spokesper­son Rus­sel Meir­ing re­ported three mi­nor in­juries sus­tained af­ter two ve­hi­cles col­lided when pro­test­ers hurled rocks.

“Paramedics found that a woman and her two young daugh­ters had sus­tained sev­eral small cuts on their arms and faces.

“All three pa­tients were treated but later de­clined trans­porta­tion to hos­pi­tal.”

Public-or­der po­lice were dis­patched to the scene and were forced to fire rub­ber bul­lets and stun grenades in an at­tempt to dis­perse an­gry pro­test­ers.

Mo­torists were ad­vised to avoid the R59 as a stand-off be­tween po­lice and pro­test­ers erupted.

Mey­er­ton mayor Bon­gani Baloyi said he was work­ing hand-in-hand with the gov­ern­ment to end the protests and pro­vide bet­ter ser­vices to the res­i­dents.

He had agreed to meet with the pro­test­ers to dis­cuss the fu­ture of the in­for­mal set­tle­ment.

These dis­tur­bances come 12 months af­ter Sicelo Shiceka res­i­dents took to the streets for the same cause, high­light­ing the slow response from the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

They threw stones at mo­torists and we had to use stun grenades

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