#Elections2016: Hopefield residents stage protest

Residents say they would rather not vote because it hasn’t changed their living conditions in the past.

Hopefield informal settlement residents say they're also protesting over poor service delivery. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While residents from the Kapok informal settlement protest and boycott the voter registration drive, protests have also erupted at the Hopefield informal settlement just next to Kapok.

Angry residents in Hopefield in Orange Farm say they too will not take part in the upcoming local government elections.

They say they would rather not vote because it hasn't changed their living conditions in the past.

The demonstration is peaceful with a small group of residents singing struggle songs near the voter registration station.

Community members say they will not stop any residents who would like to register but few people have shown an interest in registering.

Community leader Alinah Mabaso said, "They only come to clean the roads when it's IEC [Independent Electoral Commission] time but if there is no IEC they don't do anything."

Police remain monitoring the situation.