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Sebokeng protesters ‘prepared to die’

Residents continued blockading roads, and carried sticks and other weapons.

Residents blockade roads in Sebokeng with burning tyres and rubble during a violent service delivery protest, 6 February 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

SEBOKENG – Boiketlong residents in Sebokeng on Thursday said they are willing to give up everything in their fight for service delivery.

Protesters slammed government for their “propaganda”, saying they will not vote in the upcoming elections unless they are issued with land to build houses.

Locals also want basic services.

Many are prepared to lose their lives if that’s what it takes for government to take note of their plight.

A 26-year-old protester was shot dead on Wednesday during a scuffle between rival groups and police in the informal settlement in southern Johannesburg.

Lerata Rabodile who was shot dead during service delivery protest in Sebokeng yesterday. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

Lerata Rabodile, who was shot dead during the protests in Sebokeng. Picture: Supplied.

Another man was shot and wounded in the scuffle.

He was rushed to hospital.

Residents continued blockading roads and carried sticks and other weapons, saying they were willing to fight to the end for services.

“They are prepared to lose everything, they are prepared to be poor and lose their jobs. They are prepared to make sure that they fight to make sure everything comes right in Boiketlong,” a community leader says.

“The blood of their brothers can’t fall for nothing,” he says.

One man says he wants to speak to the president personally about the plight of his community.

“We want [President Jacob] Zuma here. He must leave Nkandla and come to answer our questions here because we have been told a lot of lies.”

Police appealed to residents who witnessed the shooting of Rabodile to come forward with information.

(Edited by Craig Wynn)

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