Protest over delivery underway in Joburg

2012-09-06 14:32

Johannesburg - About 200 people gathered in Johannesburg's Beyers Naude Square on Thursday for a march about poor service delivery.

Members of the SA Communist Party, the Congress of SA Trade Unions and the SA National Civic Organisation braved the cold and wet weather to take part.

The march to the office of Mayor Parks Tau was scheduled to start at 10:00, but moved off only at noon because some protesters arrived late.

The crowd waved placards highlighting their complaints.

One read: "Who said Mountainview a zoo." Another demanded clinics, schools, housing, water and police stations for Mountainview.

Anchorville resident Nombulelo Mashalaba said politicians had been promising basic amenities such as roads, electricity and sanitation since she arrived in the area in December 2008, but that these had not materialised.

"It's just empty promises," she said.

She hoped the mayor would respond to their appeals.

Mashalaba and a group of women said they needed scholar transport, in particular, as their children had to travel long distances to get to school.

"It costs R180 each month for my children to get to school."

Another resident, who identified himself only as Abraham, said residents had been told to leave their homes because they were built on dolomitic rock.

"If they want us to move, they must move us somewhere else, and they must move our shacks too."

  • Shaun.Balliah - 2012-09-06 14:46

    it's pouring out there!

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-09-06 15:24

      I have a simple solution for these people who strikes year after year, month after month...Simple Logic...Just Vote for a different party on the next elections..If you keep voting same people you strike against..My conclusion would be, you are stupid. If ANC is not delivering in your Area Vote for DA, If DA is not delivering Vote for ANC ...or any other party, I use those because they are the top 2...and stop whining

  • pieter0827006294 - 2012-09-06 14:48

    Let them take spears, pangas and knobkieries and storm Lethuli house!

  • andre.brink.982 - 2012-09-06 14:59

    You can only demand a service if you have paid for it or earned it in some way. If you have contributed nothing to a particular service, you cannot demand delivery of that service.

      jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-09-06 15:21

      Well to be fair, when 25% of our country is unemployed and had to live in crap conditions before for many years and they have to rebuilt their lives from a previous disadvantage past then it's fair to say that they are allowed at least the basic of services, especially with this incompetent gov. I mean I'm sure you would've thrown a tantrum if you were living in a shack and had to rely on a few rand to build a proper life at least for your next generation!

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-09-06 16:59

      Yes, Andre, you can demand it because you have been promised it for free. For nearly 20 years. No wonder people are cross. I personally feel that an economic policy which encourages jobs would be a far better idea than unproductive promises.

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-06 15:01

    Oh brother. Okay well lets see who you vote for next time around? Oh wait - you enjoy running head-on into the same brick wall over & over.

      Klaus - 2012-09-06 15:13

      its in their genes, continued involuntary incest will produce such beacons of future hope or something like that

      peter.ndamase - 2012-09-06 15:23

      No political party come near to competing with the ANC. Ask yourself why and stop your drivel about DA.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-06 15:42

      @ peter - WAKE UP!!! ALL the cANCer has even done is make empty promises and not deliver AT ALL. Please tell us what planet you live on?!

  • craig.moir.14 - 2012-09-06 15:27

    Thanks guys, and while your there please mention the rates billing issues that they refuse to address!

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-06 16:21

    It's the beginning. We will witness more and more strikes. Joe public is tired of the lack of service delivery and the blatant theft of money for fancy suits,watches,cars,houses,fancy holidays for family and friends etc. keep watching the news. Sad indeed.

  • witwolf.digter - 2012-09-06 17:15

    "It's just empty promises," she said. The way of the anc you voted for.... How many years have you voted by the way? And I'm willing to put my tongue on an anvil you are going to vote anc again next time....

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