Yet another housing and service delivery protest has taken place in Gauteng Province on Wednesday.
Residents of Itireleng informal settlement in Tshwane have taken to the streets to address their dissatisfaction with the current and previous administration’s inability to provide housing in the area.
Protesters were met by Housing MMC Mandla Nkomo in a bid to quell potential protest action following the events in Eldorado Park and Ennerdale in south Johannesburg this week.
However, Nkomo had to be escorted to safety once the protests began.
Nkomo has echoed the words of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba and has pleaded with community members to give the local government some time to establish a plan of action for quick and efficient service delivery.
Protesters used burning tyres to block roads, much like protesters in Ennerdale did yesterday.
Police have issued a statement saying that reports of deaths due to protest action remain unconfirmed and that they are succeeding in returning order to the area.
Similarly, tensions have somewhat subsided in Ennerdale this morning, but protesters have given the mayor’s office a period of two weeks to address them with concrete and satisfactory plans to resolve the housing problem.
The housing protests are set to continue well into the remainder of the month if not longer.