Zandspruit protesters disperse after no-show by Jhb mayor

They say the city's failure to supply power means they’re forced to use illegal connections.

Zandspruit residents protest on 20 April 2016. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Zandspruit residents say they feel disrespected by Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau because he didn't show up to receive their memorandum of demands.

Part of Beyers Naude Drive was closed off where residents of the informal settlement staged a march to the Honeydew police station.

Residents say the city has failed to provide them with electricity and they're being forced to use dangerous, illegal connections.

The road was due to be re-opened by 1pm, but residents refused to leave and demanded that Mayor Parks Tau come and address their electricity concerns.

Residents have been organising themselves for today's march since 4am this morning.

They marched to the Honeydew Police Station accompanied by members of the police and JMPD.

They were then told the mayor would arrive at midday but a short while later a representative from Tau's office told the crowd he couldn't make it.

A resident says they have lost their patience.

"They promised he is going to be here, but he is not coming. We have lost our patience that anything can happen."