Crowd at Union Buildings demand houses

2014-07-09 17:22

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Pretoria - Close to 200 Ekurhuleni residents marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday, demanding houses and sanitation.

Members of the Ekurhuleni Concerned Residents Association, led by Vincent Mothoa, said they wanted President Jacob Zuma to intervene.

"Unfortunately, both the president and the deputy president were not there to receive the memorandum of our grievances. Even the human settlements minister could not be availed," said Mothoa.

"A liaison officer from the presidency received our memo. We have given them 14 days to... consult on our grievances."

He said the protesters were from different areas of Ekurhuleni, including Tembisa, and the Winnie Mandela informal settlement.

Mothoa said the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality was neglecting poor residents.

"The only time they view us as fellow people is voting time. We are fighting for basic services which include housing and sanitation," he said.

"The municipality only serves high-class people, ignoring us. We expect the president to call all relevant stakeholders."

In their memorandum protesters call for the removal of some councillors.

The presidency could not be reached for comment.

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