Zandspruit protests take another twist

Residents in Zandspruit woke took to the streets again on 5 February to protest against poor service delivery and land invasion.

 The protests started at around 6 am, forcing the closure of Beyers Naude and Peter Road and other nearby shops. Some residents and students using taxis to get to their workplaces remained stuck outside the rank until getting back to their homes, according to community members.

The strike was mainly sparked by people who invaded an area near Emthonjeni claiming to be theirs, said Zandspruit Youth Forum leader David Mangena.

“They invaded the land and started to build shacks,” he said. “The JMPD came and removed everything. They raided the vendors who operate along the streets. Basically the residents got angry and decided to protest against the removal of the shacks.”

Most residents do not understand the by-laws, Mangena said.

“Some of the residents understand the law, but they just continue with the land invasion. I think JMPD was a bit harsh to the vendors because selling is their only way to survive in life. It would be better if the JMPD informed the vendors about their raiding before they did it.”

  During the protests, the police deployed to Beyers Naude and Peter Road to monitor the situation and avoid any road closures.

Efforts to get comment from the Honeydew police spokesperson were fruitless as he could not be reached. kmh}��4_[v

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