Housing protest turns sour

2010-05-11 13:49

About 500 residents of Doornkop in Dobsonville, Soweto, this

morning barricaded Impala Road with burning tyres in a protest over slow housing

delivery and alleged corruption in the allocation of housing in the area.

The City of Joburg and the Gauteng housing department and Local

Government officials had to be dispatched to the area to address the residents’

concerns.

According to Soweto police spokesperson, Kay Makhubela, the police

told the protesters to disperse as they were gathered illegally.

He said police were pelted with stones and they responded by firing

rubber bullets.

Makhubela said: “46 of the protesters were arrested and will be

charged with public violence, illegal gathering and contravention of the Roads

Traffic Act and they will appear in court within the next 48 hours.”

A 50-year-old bystander, Lindiwe Khumalo, was injured on the hand

and foot by police rubber bullets.

A leader of the Doornkop Housing Crisis Committee, Thoko Mtubu,

said: “The community is tired with slow housing delivery and corruption in

housing allocation.”

One of the protesters, Johannes Maphisa, said police fired at the

community without being provoked.

Maphisa said: “We were told to wait for housing officials to come

and address us and without being provoked the police opened fire on us.”

The housing officials from the City of Joburg and Gauteng housing

department asked to meet a delegation from the protesters to resolve their

grievances.


thando.tshangela@citypress.co.za


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