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2015-11-19 06:00
PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER CAPTION FOR THIS PICCottonlands residents burnt tyres and protested on Monday morning as they demanded electricity and water connections and tarred access roads to the houses built by the eThekwini municipality following the 2010

PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER CAPTION FOR THIS PICCottonlands residents burnt tyres and protested on Monday morning as they demanded electricity and water connections and tarred access roads to the houses built by the eThekwini municipality following the 2010

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MORE than 400 Cottonlands residents burnt tyres and blocked the main road to Ndwedwe on Monday morning demanding electricity and water connections for their homes along with tarred access roads.

The protestors have threatened to block the R102 on Monday 23 November, if their demands are not met.

The residents have been living in houses built by the eThekwini Municipality after the 2010/2011 storms left hundreds of homeless, but electricity and water connections were not installed.

The protests were sparked after eThekwini Municipality’s electricity department visited the area to remove illegal electricity connections to their homes last week.

According to ANC branch chairperson Mzamo Mthiyane, the residents were angered because some connections were legally installed, but they were also removed and this led to the community demanding the installation of all services.

“The community is demanding basic needs of water, electricity connections and tarred roads to the houses,” said Mthiyane.

“The argument is that they wouldn’t have had to install illegal connections in the first place if these services were installed.”

Mthiyane said the community feels when they were given the houses, these services should have been installed, but they have waited for several years and are now tired of waiting.

“If there is no positive news by Sunday then on Monday the entire community plans to block the R102,” said Mthiyane.

Ward councillor Choks Arunajallam said these storm- damaged homes will be converted into RDP houses once services are installed as have been the municipality plans.

A meeting with the electricity, water and roads department, and representatives of the mayor’s office was held with eThekwini officials in Durban on Monday after the protest.

“We spoke about what can possibly be done and the different departments have pledged to find a way forward,” said Arunajallam.

“We have gone back to the community over the matter and on Saturday we will be holding a masakhane [community] meeting where officials will speak with the community to address their concerns.”

Arunajallam said the houses the protestors are living in currently are proper houses and only water and electricity services are missing from them.

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