Cosmo City protests over 'corruption'

Residents from the Cosmo City Informal Settlement are protesting over service delivery on Tuesday.

Protesters in Cosmo City on 28 August 2012. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN.

COSMO CITY - Dozens of residents from the Cosmo City Informal Settlement, west of Johannesburg, are protesting over service delivery throughout Tuesday.

Demonstrators gathered on South Africa Drive, while police kept a close eye on the situation.

The state at the informal settlement was peaceful at 8am, but the group grew as residents joined in the protest.

People toy-toyed in the middle of the road and police officers looked on.

One protester told Eyewitness News residents were protesting against alleged corruption by councillors.

"The councillor is selling houses to the wrong people."

He said those who had applied for houses had not yet received their RDP homes and that local government was accepting bribes from people wanting to jump the queue.

The protest comes just a day after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela spoke about the level of corruption within the RDP housing schemes at the opening of public hearings on service delivery.

Madonsela said corruption was destroying the government's efforts to eradicate poverty and inequality in the country.