Alexandra residents took to the streets today to protest service delivery, barricading numerous roads. The riled community says that they feel abandoned by the state, claiming that they have been forgotten.
Residents took to the streets of Alexandra to protest against poor service delivery, insisting that the government can do better.
Claiming that the state has forsaken them, the community blocked numerous roads with burning tyres and boulders.
Community members expressed their anger and had been hopeful that shutting down the Gauteng township would serve as a wake-up call.
Eyewitness News interviewed a protester who said there had been no development in the area, especially in comparison to other nearby townships:
“Government has forgotten about us, it’s like a dead place here. Everything needs to be fixed.”
Another protester had called for more houses to be given to residents, as had been promised by the ANC.
More tyres were brought in the township and residents said they would not to back down until they got answers from the City of Johannesburg.
The Alexandra Mall and other shops closed for the day as the unrest rippled through the area, with owners citing terror as the reason they opted to lose income.
With small fires ignited around the township, Alexandra had been covered in a blanket of thick smoke. Taxis vacated the area, leaving commuters stranded.
Schools shut down, with some children taking part in protesting by moving tyres or setting fires. Joburg police officers were on the scene, attempting to clear roads for traffic to be able to move again.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that illicit land grabs had been plaguing the area, with residents and ANC officials blaming the EFF for the unrest.
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