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Housing protests spill into Finetown

Ennerdale, Eldorado Park and now Kliptown have been affected by violent protests with residents citing the lack of housing for the protests.

A Finetown protester seen with a slingshot during demonstrations over lack of houses. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A protest over housing in the south of Johannesburg has now spilled into Finetown close to Lenasia South.

Community members have barricaded the road leading into the township as well as the Golden Highway.

Residents of Eldorado Park started protesting on Monday.

The protests quickly spread to other areas including Ennerdale, Klipstruit and Orange Farm.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has said he never promised residents that he would build houses as he knows that this is not possible because he has inherited a city with over 300,000 official housing backlog.

WATCH: Eldorado Park becomes war zone as protest turns ugly

Mashaba is not the only government official to say he never promised Joburg South residents housing.

Ennerdale residents have agreed to call off their protests after a lengthy meeting with Johannesburg Council Speaker Vasco de Gama on Tuesday night.

Da Gama says the situation is expected to return to normal on Wednesday morning, including schooling.

On Tuesday, protests forced the closure of schools as residents demanded to speak with Mashaba.

WATCH: Ennerdale: We're Johannesburg's forgotten people

LOOTING

Several shops were broken into and some looted in Kliptown, Soweto.

There have been running battles involving police and private security there on Tuesday evening.

Ennerdale, Eldorado Park and now Kliptown have been affected by violent protests with residents citing a lack of housing for the protests.

A shop was set alight in Eldorado Park on Wednesday morning.

The violence flared up again despite calls for calm and several arrests this week for public violence.

So far, at least 52 people have been arrested for public violence.

Meanwhile, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says he won’t tolerate any act of criminality during the ongoing protests, but has urged officers to exercise maximum restraint.

Mbalula says protests in Coligny, Eldorado Park and Orange Farm are no longer driven by the genuine concerns of those communities, but have now become about criminality and undermining police officers.

WATCH: Coligny protests: calm restored but for how long?

HOUSING DEMAND

Tshwane Housing MMC Mandla Nkomo has addressed residents of the Itireleng informal settlement in Pretoria but they say they’re still not satisfied.

Protesters blocked roads with burning tyres and rocks early on Wednesday morning.

Nkomo was escorted to the area by a police nyala.

He pleaded with the protesters gathered to give government time to address their grievances over service delivery.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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