Roads leading to Zandspruit reopened after protests

Police are on the scene, along with JMPD officers, to make sure the situation remains peaceful.

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

JOHANNESBURG - This morning Zandspruit residents again blocked off a section of Beyers Naude Drive as they protest against a lack of electricity in the area, but roads leading to the informal settlement have now reopened.

Locals marched to the Honeydew Police Station yesterday to hand over a memorandum about service delivery.

They say they are willing to pay for electricity but have to resort to dangerous, illegal connections because the area has not been provided with electricity.

Tensions flared when community members waited for three hours for Mayor Parks Tau to receive their demands, but he didn't show up and sent a representative from his office instead.

Unlike yesterday, some shops in the area have opened today and things seem calm. Children are making their way to school, while taxis are filling up as people head off for work.

Police are on the scene, along with JMPD officers, to make sure the situation remains peaceful.

ANC MUST LEAD BY EXAMPLE

Disgruntled Zandspruit residents say the African National Congress (ANC) should take note of their concerns over service delivery or they will feel their anger at the local government elections.

One community member says he feels neglected by the government.

"I vote for them because I need change. The change that they're talking about must be shown to the people who're voting, because I'm the one who's voting. You're being in charge because of my vote. The change need to be seen in me, not in you, for you to be driving in an AMG."