Police are keeping several areas in Gauteng and the North West under close watch on Tuesday morning after violent protest broke out in both provinces, resulting in the destruction of property and major road closures.
The entrances in and out of Ennerdale, in southern Johannesburg, have been blocked with burning tyres this morning.
Community leader Colinda Kaasbert says politicians have forgotten about Ennerdale.
He says they have been waiting for proper houses for over 20 years ago.
“All development has been going around Ennerdale but no development has been done in this area. So people got frustrated and they woke up this morning, saying enough is enough.”
According to residents, no political party is looking after the poor.
“I’m not moved by what Paul Mashatile has to say because he came here and he didn’t deliver. Somebody higher than Paul Mashatile must come."
At the same time, schools have been closed for the day in Ennerdale as a result of this morning’s lockdown.
The Gauteng Education Department says the safety of pupils and teachers come first and that's why it has decided to suspend schooling in Ennerdale due to ongoing housing protests.
The Education Department’s Steve Mabona says: “We can’t really be ignorant and want the business to continue as usual only to find out that there’s a volatile situation in the area.”
The City of Joburg has asked the community to give it more time to address the backlog.
One of the residents, Joshua Abels, says he had an exam this morning but can’t write because of the protest.
Police are keeping a watchful eye over the more than 200 protesters gathered.
Meanwhile, police have spoken positively about a meeting held with residents of Coligny in the North West province.
The authorities are attempting to establish and maintain order after various houses and vehicles were torched earlier in the week and countless shops looted before that.
“We were pleased with the way the meeting was conducted and everyone was conducted”, said police spokesperson Sabatha Mokgwabone. “We hope to have another meeting today where members of the public may possibly be addressed.”
Protests sparked after the death – under suspicious circumstances – of a 16-year-old boy who was thought to have been thrown off the back of a bakkie.
Police will reconvene with community members in Coligny again today to further broker calm and order.