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City of JHB meets various stakeholders to discuss Denver demarcation

City of JHB’s Matshidiso Mfikoe says the demarcation board didn’t factor in the informal settlement in Denver.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura speaks to members of the Denver community near Johannesburg's CBD about their grievances following reports of intimidation against IEC officials during the voting registration weekend on 06 March 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG – The City of Johannesburg is in talks with community leaders from Denver, Gauteng’s Housing Department, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the demarcation board following protests during voter registration weekend.
 
Hostel residents in Denver threatened to torch the registration station over the weekend and prevented people from registering to vote in the upcoming local government elections.
 
Residents expressed concerns over the demarcation of their community, which they claim has split the hostel into two separate wards without consultation.
 
MMC for infrastructure Services, Matshidiso Mfikoe, says the demarcation board failed to factor in the informal settlement in Denver.
 
“We found that the demarcation they are talking about has demarcated the informal settlement outside the hostel and not that it’s divided into two. They are calling the informal settlement Denver as well.”
 
Mfikoe says the demarcation board will go back to residents with a solution for those who were not able to register.

WATCH: Violence and disruption in Joburg inner city hostels.


MAKHURA VISITS DENVER AMID TENSIONS

Yesterday, Gauteng Premier David Makhura visited Denver amid ongoing tensions by community members.

Makhura was joined by Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau and others.

The premier and Tau interacted with residents to find out exactly why they didn’t register for the upcoming elections.

The duo also took the opportunity to speak to IEC officials regarding voter turnout in the area.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


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