Rosedale residents defend violent protests

Disgruntled Rosedale residents defend the torching of a clinic and post office ahead of elections.

FILE IMAGE. Disgruntled Rosedale residents in the Eastern Cape have defended the torching of a clinic and post office ahead of elections. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Angry Rosedale residents in the Eastern Cape have defended the torching of a clinic and post office in the area.

Many in the community have gone on the rampage on several occasions over the past few months.

Their demonstrations have also claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl, who was hit by a rubber bullet.

Last month a burning tyre was forced into the post office, setting the entire building on fire.

A clinic was also set alight late last year.

Rosedale residents have justified the burning of the post office and clinic, saying government claims not to have funds for houses but builds health services and schools.

They've threatened to continue with protests throughout this election week and have vowed to disrupt voting.

But police say they will be keeping a close eye on the situation on this volatile area.

NGCOBO: NO CHANGE IN 20 YEARS

Young people living in Ngcobo, one of the poorest villages in the Eastern Cape, say the region has seen very little change over the last 20 years.

According to official stats, nearly half the young people in the area are unemployed.

Neat rows of colourful newly built Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) homes line the dusty streets of Ngcobo.

Inside the house she shares with her mother and younger sister, a 19-year-old resident says most days are the same.

"There is no life here at all. We just sit and the others just sit."

Her 18-year-old neighbour says there's not a lot to do in the area.

The girls are among the two thirds of Born Frees who have not registered to vote on Wednesday.