Kya Sands protesters block roads

2012-03-26 13:03

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.

  • Tammy - 2012-03-26 13:12

    and this is how yu build a country?

  • John - 2012-03-26 13:14

    Can anybody guess which party this lot voted for time and time again and will continue voting for? Don't expect any sympathy from me.

  • Kagiso Tlhakung - 2012-03-26 13:31

    they voted for the DA...

      bradley.mills2 - 2012-03-26 13:39

      Strange that the ANC was quoted saying this: "The ruling ANC urged people to be patient with the government's pace of installing utilities and providing housing."... Some how I dont think the DA was involved here at all, because all these protesters voted for the ANC under the fear of angering the ancestors lol. You make your bed, you lie in it guys...

  • Greg - 2012-03-26 13:37

    Most people in this informal development are illegal immigrants.

  • - 2012-03-26 13:45

    I dont know if I am wrong on my thinking here... you want a house? work and get one, you want a car, work and get one... how easy would it be for everybody to just stomp their feet, pelt rocks and set things on fire to get what we want... you want to know why SA is in such horrid state??? THIS IS WHY.

      Heiku - 2012-03-26 14:15

      As soon as you blame someone else for your own short comings you lose control of the situation then all you can do is throw rocks and set things on fire. I agree with you this is SAs problem

      Irene - 2012-03-26 14:28

      What? Work for what you want? Now that's a foreign concept! You must geeeeeeve!

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-03-26 13:46

    Why??? They voted for the usless failing government. BEE Viva

  • Kegodile - 2012-03-26 13:48

    Are dey luking 4 de houses or what?if houses so why dey block our roads.

  • Eyetee - 2012-03-26 14:11


  • anton.cameron.muller - 2012-03-26 14:15

    There should be a national register of violent & disruptive protesters. Employers of these people should be exempted from the labour laws.

  • Kegodile - 2012-03-26 14:20

    Ur bzzy fighting 4 de houses n u 4gt ur work dnt be suprise 2mrw when u got fired,work n buy ur own house

  • Irene - 2012-03-26 14:27

    I feel feathers ...... keep voting for the ANC!!! LOL! Suffer you fools, suffer!

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