Road closed as protest enters day 4

Albertina Sisulu Road opposite Princess informal settlement has once again been closed. This is the fourth day the road has been closed due to the protest action at the informal settlement.

Councillor René Benjamin said she, with the help of fellow councillor Carl Mann, has been trying to defuse the situation. According to Benjamin, the reason for the protest action is that the completed housing-development units have not been allocated to residents yet.

“The first phase has been completed and now it is standing there. This is causing frustration as some people had to vacate the land in order for the units to be built. Now they are supposed to return and no information has been forthcoming from the Provincial Department of Housing,” she said.

Earlier this week, the MMC for Housing, Mzobanzi Ntuli is said to have visited the informal settlement to listen to the grievances of the residents but was immediately turned away by an angry crowd. They called him a liar and demanded to speak with Housing MEC Jacob Mamabolo.

“This protest action has caused the businesses on the road to be disrupted and residents are concerned about destruction to their property. There are also concerns about safety at the lower end of South Road and of the learners attending Princess High School. We urge residents who want to go home to park their cars at a distance while the roads are closed and wait until it is safe to do so,” said Benjamin.

She added that she and Mann are doing their best to get as much information as possible from higher authorities to better assist in this situation.

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