#Zandspruit residents give JHB mayor 7 days to provide electricity

Community members also plan on marching to the local police station today, to hand over a memorandum.

Zandspruit residents have this morning barricaded all entrances leading into the informal settlement on 20 April 2016. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Zandspruit residents have this morning barricaded all entrances leading into the informal settlement, saying they are giving Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau seven days to provide them with electricity.

They are also planning on marching to the local police station today to hand over a memorandum.

Hundreds of residents have taken to the streets to complain about service delivery this morning.

Zandspruit residents say they've heard promises of service delivery since 1994, but the informal settlement has seen very little development.

One of the locals says Zandspruit has been neglected and government has not delivered on its promises.

"The problem is the electricity. We want proper development which government promised since 1994, but never implemented.

"This entire area doesn't have electricity, when there is power, it's because people are connecting illegally."

The number of community members protesting has increased and as more people join the crowd, police officers are also increasing their presence.

One woman says living without electricity has become dangerous because women and children fear walking through some open fields at night.

"We always have to fetch firewood from open fields and dumping sites and we get raped in the process. We have children," she says.

Community leaders say the march should be peaceful and they do not want to cause destruction.

They are turning cars away on Beyers Naude Drive, but some say this is to protect motorists in case the march gets out of hand.

Community members have formed a human barricade on Beyers Naude Drive, redirecting traffic on to other roads.