Protesting Sicelo residents demand to see Midvaal mayor

What started off as a Samwu strike has now turned into a service delivery demonstration.

Police look on as residents from the Sicelo Informal Settlement barricade roads during a service delivery protest. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Residents from the Sicelo informal settlement say they won't stop protesting until Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi addresses them.

What started off as a South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) strike has now turned into a service delivery demonstration.

The R59 has been closed with residents barricading the road.



Members of the community say they are protesting over several service delivery issues.

"They must be clear. We're not fighting just because municipality was fighting or Ward 10 was fighting, we're fighting for our own rights."

They say although their particular ward is run by the African National Congress (ANC) they blame the Democratic Alliance-lead Midvaal Municipality for their problems.

"He (Baloyi) is going to lie about us to the media."

Residents say they are tired of politicians only addressing them during election season.

A number of people, including community leaders and journalists, have been hurt during the running battles that began on Monday.

Midvaal is the only Democratic Alliance-run council in Gauteng.

One Sicelo resident says they want local officials to come and account.

"People want answers, [because] they need houses, they need jobs and all these things that those politicians promised them."

Police are still in the area to monitor the situation.