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Riverlea residents threaten not to vote

Residents of Zamimpilo informal settlement near Riverlea in Johannesburg have vowed not to vote in the coming local government elections.

They say they are tired of empty promises from government. Residents have blocked off main reef road with burning tyres, complaining about lack of housing in their area.

It is only two weeks to local government elections and residents of Zamimpilo informal settlement are complaining about houses being built but sold afterwards.

Their ward councillor says they have engaged the City of Johannesburg with residents’ concerns but nothing meaningful has happened.

Now residents say “no houses, no votes”. They also complain about conditions they are forced to live under and say their shacks get burnt and people are also dying as a result.

More police have been deployed while the main reef road remains closed.

Meanwhile, community members of Sicelo Informal Settlement at Meyerton in the Midvaal have been protesting along the R59.

Police stepped in when the situation turned violent. Police spokesperson Fikile Funda says the community is complaining about
poor service delivery and are demanding to see Mayor Bongani Baloyi.

“In the early hours of this morning (Wednesday) they blockaded the R59 and as a result one person was arrested for public
violence, and two dockets for public violence were opened.”

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