Zuma won't send army to Eldorado Park

2017-05-09 18:21
Protesters in Eldorado Park and Freedom Park taunt police. (Simon Sonnekus, Netwerk24)

Protesters in Eldorado Park and Freedom Park taunt police. (Simon Sonnekus, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has no plans to deploy the SANDF to Eldorado Park, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

According to a voice recording circulating on social media, Zuma had declared the area a “war zone” and would send in the army.

“We have just received news now; the president of the country has declared Eldorado Park a war zone. He is sending in SANDF members and intelligence to come in and clean out.  They are going to stop this thing right now,” the recording says.

Presidency spokesperson Dr Bongani Ngqulunga said Zuma was unaware of the recording.

“It is also untrue that the president plans to deploy the army to the area. The whole thing is total fabrication.”

Eldorado Park and Freedom Park residents began protesting about the lack of housing and jobs on Monday. The protest turned violent and residents and police had running battles along the Golden Highway, which runs through both suburbs.

Protesters from the two suburbs joined forces as they attempted to push police back. They armed themselves with stones and petrol bombs.

Several shops in the area were looted on Monday evening.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the Golden Highway was open for traffic on Tuesday afternoon.

Roads into Ennerdale were still blocked and protests there were continuing, he said.

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