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Police monitor Kya Sand protest

Community members have been protesting over housing this morning.

Residents of Kya Sand informal settlement are blocking roads with rocks and stoning passing cars in a protest on 12 October 2015. Picture: @vividmags

JOHANNESBURG - Metro police say at least 200 residents of the Kya Sand informal settlement are blocking roads with rocks and stoning passing cars in a protest.

Residents of Kya Sands informal settlement say they want Gauteng housing MEC Jacob Mamabolo to assure them that a development plan at Lion Park set to come to fruition in 2017 will include them.

Community members have been protesting over service delivery this morning, ahead of a march that's expected to start at 9am.

Community leader Lekgotla Modikoe says they're frustrated with the Gauteng government's failure to deliver RDP houses, which were promised to them many years ago.

Modikoe says they will march through the Msawawa informal settlement before stopping on Malibongwe Drive where they plan to block the roads

He says they will hand over a memorandum to the MEC highlighting their grievances.

"We're here because of the housing situation. For 22 years they've been promising us houses that we're going to get, so as a community we're frustrated. So we are prepared to give MEC Mamabolo a memorandum."

The metro police's Wayne Minaar has urged motorists to avoid the area.

"It's not safe for motorists to drive on Witkoppen Road this morning because there's planned protest at 9am. They're going to be marching to Riverbend and hand over a memorandum to the local councillor. The protesters are talking about service delivery."

Protest action in Kya Sand on Witkoppen between Malibongwe and Riverbend - rocks obstructing the road. Stones being thrown. AVOID!

Posted by Intelligence Bureau SA on Sunday, October 11, 2015

As a result, traffic has been heavily affected in the area. Witkoppen Road has been blocked or partially blocked, in both directions, between Malibongwe Drive and Riverbend Road.

Riverbend itself is also closed off as it meanders towards the informal settlement.

There's a heavy police presence in the area, with one eyewitness describing driving along the roads as an "obstacle course".

@EWNTraffic Protests on Witkoppen near Northlands Deco Park pic.twitter.com/cdQ6xRrgTl

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