Lawley residents protest

Lawley residents hand over a memorandum which details their grievances with service delivery.

Lawley residents, supported by trade union federation Cosatu, its unions and the SACP, march to the offices of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau on 6 September 2012. Picture: Mbali Sibanyoni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Service delivery protesters on Thursday blocked off Rissik Street as they made their way to Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau's office.

The march was organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the South African Communist Party (SACP) and South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco).

Lawley residents handed over their memorandum of demands to representatives from the mayor's office.

Demonstrators braved the cold and wet weather as they made their way through the city centre to voice their grievances over housing, healthcare and education.

Protestors said they were disappointed, as they viewed Tau's absence as a sign of disrespect.

The City of Johannesburg was given two weeks to respond to the memorandum.