Kya Sands protesters block roads

2012-03-26 13:03

Kya Sands protests

2012-03-26 13:38

Residents of Kya Sands, north of Johannesburg, are tired of waiting for houses. During their protest they blocked roads and burned tyres. WATCH

Johannesburg - Roads in and out of Kya Sands, north of Johannesburg, were blocked by protesters and a barricade of burning tyres on Monday morning, Johannesburg metro police said.

"People can't go in or out of Kya Sands," spokesperson Superintendent Edna Mamonyane said.

Traffic was also severely backed up on Malibongwe Drive until Witkoppen Road, two of Johannesburg's main feeder routes through a busy industrial and retail zone. Motorists were advised to use the N14 instead.

A police helicopter was in the area.

The Kya Sands protest is the latest in a series around the country.

Comment was not immediately available from a representative of the Kya Sands protesters, but Eye Witness News quoted people complaining that they did not have houses, electricity, or water.

According to the report a meeting was scheduled with authorities over the complaints, but they had also decided to protest.

Apart from one protest that appeared to be connected to allegations of Satanism at a church in Evaton, the other protests around the country -which included Heidelberg in Gauteng and Hangberg in the Western Cape -were intended to drawing attention to housing, water, electricity and education complaints.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa visited the site of protests in the farming area of Heidelberg last week. The ruling ANC urged people to be patient with the government's pace of installing utilities and providing housing.

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