Zandspruit residents refuse to celebrate Freedom Day

Some residents say they live in unbearable conditions and they see no reason to celebrate the day.

A crowd of people gathered at a local clinic in Zandspruit on Freedom Day. Picture: Thando Khubeka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Zandspruit residents say they will not be taking part in any Freedom Day celebrations as they are not free because they live in poverty with no proper sanitation or homes.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane visited the informal settlement today and addressed residents there.

Some residents say they live in unbearable conditions and they see no reason to celebrate the day.

"No, we are not celebrating because nothing has changed, we don't have roads and we live in a dirty place," one resident said

"The current government is failing us because they keep promising but they don't deliver at all," another resident said.

Maimane said there was only one way the people of Zandspruit could change their situation and that was at the polls.

"We exercise our freedom to vote, to cast out this government and that is the only measure we can use to remove this government."

Residents say they've resorted to protesting to force government to hear and address their grievances.