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Service delivery protests erupt in Midvaal

Residents want Mayor Bongani Baloyi to address them on issues including water, sanitation and housing.

FILE: Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Motorists are being warned to avoid the R59 near the Sicelo informal settlement in the Midvaal due to an ongoing service delivery protest in the area.

Residents took to streets this morning, pelting passing cars with stones.

They're demanding that Mayor Bongani Baloyi address them personally on issues including water, sanitation and housing.

But the Democratic Alliance-run municipality says the protesters are affiliated to the African National Congress and has accused them of cutting the electricity supply to the informal settlement to get residents to join in on the protest against the municipality

The South African Municipal Workers' Union affiliated workers have been on a go slow in Midvaal since last week, demanding higher wages amongst other things.

Deputy Mayor Dennis Ryder says the protests are about politics and not service delivery.

"The timing of it clearly indicate it's political. We have evidence that there has been interference with the supply and the community has become frustrated."