Govt to fast-track basic services in Kya Sand, Msawawa

Residents took to the streets to vent their anger at delays in the delivery of RDP houses.

Smoldering branches lay in the streets of Kya Sand after residents protested over service delivery issues on 12 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements says it will do everything it can to fast-track the delivery of basic services to the Kya Sand and Msawawa informal settlement.

On Monday, residents took to the streets to vent their anger at delays in the delivery of RDP houses and against planned ward changes in the area.

Community members say they want reassurances that they will benefit from the Lion Park Housing Development, expected to be completed in 2017.

Police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd of protesters marching for better basic services on Monday.

WATCH: Kya Sand marchers took the streets of the informal settlement because they say they're tired of being given the run-around about a housing development plan by local government.

The department says delays in providing these are due to a lack of infrastructure, but adds that violence by the community is 'highly unnecessary'.

Director for service delivery in the department, Vulindlela Mapekula, says over a R1 billion is needed to complete the Lion Park Housing Development Project.

"All that we need is commitment from the Department of Water Affairs that they are going to provide the more than R1 billion required to put up a bulk sewer."

Department officials are expected to meet residents this Thursday.