Police fire rubber bullets, use stun grenades on Ennerdale protesters

Several roads have been barricaded with burning tyres and rocks since early on Tuesday morning while protestors prevent people from entering or leaving the area.

Ennerdale protesters block roads with tyres and rubble. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police have fired rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas on protesters in Ennerdale as a protest over housing continues.

Several roads have been barricaded with burning tyres and rocks since early on Tuesday morning while protestors prevent people from entering or leaving the area.

Protestors also pelted officers with stones.

This resident says they have been peaceful all morning and the police’s intervention was uncalled for.

“There’s no respect for us as residents. Our parents are standing peacefully here in front, they start shooting.”

HOUSING SHORTAGES

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, 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.