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Denver residents demand answers over hostel demarcation

Resident are apparently protesting because they don’t want to move from an IFP ward to a DA ward.

"Hundreds of protesters set alight two vehicles at George Goch hostel in the Joburg CBD during an early morning demonstration. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNEBSURG - Protesting hostel dwellers in Denver are demanding answers from their local municipality after they were incorporated into a different ward ahead of the local government elections without being consulted.

At least 38 people were arrested yesterday after a truck and bakkie were set alight during a demonstration near the George Goch informal settlement.

WATCH: Violence and disruptions in Johannesburg hostels

Police also used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse protesters who had pelted passing vehicles with stones.

Disgruntled hostel dwellers in Denver say their municipality must explain the demarcation to another award.

A dweller says the protesters don't want ward 65 to be incorporated with ward 118.

"As a resident of the hostel we feel that the government has not treated us fairly like other communities."

He says the demarcation board did not follow the correct procedures because it failed to consult residents on the move.

"Everybody must be treated equally. We are supposed to be consulted first before they took their decision."

It's understood the hostel dwellers are against being moved from an Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) ward to a Democratic Alliance (DA) ward.