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Zandspruit unrest could continue

Zandspruit residents have demanded their ward councillor be replaced.

Demonstrators set fire to rubble on the street passing Zandspruit. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.
Jacob Zuma,Nomvula Mokonyane,Zandspruit,Beyers Naude Drive,Maureen Schneeman
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JOHANNESBURG - Community leaders in Zandspruit want their ward councillor removed, claiming she has neglected her duties by not dealing with any of their desperate requests for improved services such as clean water and electricity.

The residents claim councillor Maureen Schneeman has not bothered to consult the community on the infrastructure programmes she supposedly started.

Residents started protesting over these issues on Wednesday and have vowed to continue.

Community leader Peter Malla said the demonstrations will only end when President Jacob Zuma personally visits the informal settlement.

“Anytime from next week, we can strike again. We will wait until a member of the President’s office talks to the community.”

Schneeman could not be reached for comment.

Business owners in Zandspruit were unsure whether to even open for business on Thursday as unrest continued throughout the night on Wednesday.

By the morning, however, things seemed to have been calmed down, in stark contrast to the situation compared to the tyre-burning crowd that demanded an audience on Wednesday.

The community have handed over a memorandum to a member of Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's office.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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