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Zandspruit calm today

The situation in Zandspruit seems calm even though people protested through the night.

The scene of early morning protests in Zandspruit, Johannesburg, on 13 June 2012. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.
Service delivery protest,Nomvula Mokonyane,Humphrey Mmemezi,Zandspruit,Beyers Naude Drive,houses
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JOHANNESBURG - Businesses in Zandspruit were unsure whether they would open for business on Thursday, some owners said on Wednesday.

The situation was still tense early on Thursday morning after service delivery protests.

One person was shot and wounded in overnight violence when foreign-owned shops were looted. 

Part of Beyers Naude Drive remained closed on Thursday morning.

Deeps Patel, who runs a service station there, said his staff were scared to come to work.

“It affects us seriously. It’s normally a peaceful area,” he said.

“The people here are good and this must be a criminal element that just got in.”

A man, who was only identified as Pieter, told Eyewitness News the road was still blocked off saying residents went “bonkers over night”.

“They burnt everything. I know that some looting took place in some of the shops.

“Police are in riot gear at the scene.”

Zandspruit residents handed over their demands to an official from Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's office on Wednesday, but were hugely disappointed that someone senior had made no effort to address them.

Gauteng Local Government and Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi attempted to subdue tension in Zandspruit on Wednesday afternoon but felt residents were attempting to steal attention away from a planned event during which the ANC centenary torch was to pass through Zandspruit.

“Some people didn’t like the idea, they mobilised to disturb the whole thing and that’s how the whole thing was started.”

Residents want homes and basic services and complained about their councillor who is not addressing any of their problems. 

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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