- Rubber bullets were fired at protesting residents of Klipfontein.
- Residents barricaded Allandale Road, demanding services from the city of Johannesburg.
- Mayor Geoff Makhubo has promised to visit the area and engage with residents.
Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers fired rubber bullets at protesting Klipfontein residents who had barricaded roads asking for services.
Groups of residents closed the busy Allandale Road, disrupting traffic.
The protests began at 5:00 am, with residents demanding a new clinic, police station and roads. They also complained about water shortages.
They further claimed that the city of Johannesburg had not provided services in the area.
Residents demanded that they be addressed by the mayor, Geoff Makhubo.
A resident, who identified herself as Boitumelo Lebese, has vowed to continue protesting until their requests are processed.
Lebese said they had lost patience with the city.
“We are suffering. We are treated as if we do not belong to any municipality. We have been neglected by the city of Johannesburg for too long. All we expect of them is to provide us with services, and we will give up. our protests. ”Lebese said.
“We have water shortages and our roads have been damaged. In some parts of Klipfontein we don’t have paved roads. Potholes are everywhere and it damages our cars.
“I have been living here since 1999 and the service delivery is deteriorating. Why do we have to vote when we don’t see any services?” Lebese asked.
Another resident, Tshepo Motaung, said: “We have a mobile clinic that only operates Monday through Thursday. We are forced to go to the Midrand police station. [when we want] to open a folder. Our region is growing, but we have neither a police station nor a secondary school.
“Our children attend neighboring high schools because there aren’t any here. We are forgotten. Many young people are not working although there are factories and shopping centers nearby, ”Motaung said.
Thabo Nkgoeng said they are calling for a community hall and sports facilities.
“The police are not patrolling our area and crime is escalating. We want Makhubo to come to us with immediate effect. Our municipal bills are high and municipal officials do not bother to read. We are charged on estimates. to stop protesting until Makhubo comes here. Our demands are sincere and they need his urgent intervention, “Nkgoeng said.
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Mayor’s spokeswoman Mlimandlela Ndamase said Makhubo was aware of the protests.
Ndamase said Makhubo sent an official to Klipfontein to speak to residents.
“Makhubo, in due course, will schedule a visit to involve the residents. The mayor, however, strongly condemns violence and public disorder by residents to raise grievances,” Ndamase said.
JMPD spokesman Wayne Minnaar said no arrests had been made.
Minnaar said that at 10:00 a.m. Allandale Road was open to traffic, but officers would continue to monitor the protest until calm was restored.