One person was reportedly shot dead during a service delivery protest in Tembisa.
Angry residents of Tembisa blocked several roads around the community with tires and burning rocks. This is a deafening silence over their pleas for help with service delivery challenges.
The residents took to the streets on Monday morning, in a community shutdown.
Motorists have been asked to avoid major roads in the area and choose other routes as the area remains volatile.
Residents are also complaining that their electricity is cut frequently with varying degrees of load shedding.
They also say that indigenous families who were provided with subsidized electricity, which has now been cut by 50 percent, are receiving less electricity or no electricity at all.
Speaking to The CitizenAndile Mzangwa says residents want service delivery to be speeded up in the area.
“They are complaining about water, rates, the rent and the bond. Our gogos are paying bonds and even now – we’re still paying and there’s no change and it gets higher every year.”
Mzangwa says they want it Ekurhuleni Mayor Tania Campbell is to visit the community and address service provision shortages after she failed to show up at a community meeting
He says the residents will continue to protest until Campbell comes to the area and confronts them, or until their demands are met.
Meanwhile, officers of the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) in Tembisa have reportedly shot dead a protesting member of the public during the protest.
Earlier, a torch truck was placed on the highway, near Tembisa, causing three lanes to be blocked.
The highway has not been cleared yet, however, two lanes are now open. Officers have been deployed to the area and are monitoring the situation.
Members of the public have been demonstrating since Sunday night, completely blocking Hospital Road.
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