Ennerdale residents accuse DA of failing to address housing shortages

Residents are demanding that the city builds new houses, saying they are no longer believing any politician's empty promises.

Police gear up to disperse protesters in Ennerdale and clean the road. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Residents of Ennerdale have accused the DA government in the City of Joburg of failing to address housing shortages, saying that’s why they are protesting.

Residents are demanding that the city builds new houses, saying they are no longer believing any politician's empty promises.

Several roads have been barricaded and blocked with burning tyres while schools have been closed for the day.

One of the residents says she doesn’t understand why President Jacob Zuma could make the time to go settle a dispute in Vuwani in Limpopo, while residents of Ennerdale have been demanding houses for over 20 years.

“Why if there’s a burning issue in Vuwani, that he runs quickly there without even having an invitation to come there? Now today we’re pleading with him to come here.”

Residents who want to leave the area to go to work are being chased back into their houses by protesters.

Police remain on high alert, while there has been no damage to property or arrests yet.

NO CHOICE BUT TO CLOSE SCHOOLS

At the same time, Ennerdale residents say they have been left with no choice but to close schools while the township remains on lockdown.

One mother says the only way the community can ensure that government listens to their demands, is the shut down all services in the area.

A father also said he wants a better life for his child.

Public order policing officers in armed gear have arrived and are monitoring the protest.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)