Protests erupt again in Ennerdale

Residents have blocked roads as they continue with their demonstration over housing backlogs.

A tyre burns during a protest in Ennerdale, south of Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police are back patrolling the streets of Ennerdale, where protests have erupted again on Thursday morning.

Residents have blocked roads as they continue with their demonstration over housing backlogs.

On Wednesday, Finetown residents also protested while shops were looted in Eldorado Park earlier this week.

Police are going door to door trying to stop protesters who are pelting police with stones once again.

Officers in a police nyala are patroling the streets of Ennerdale where the situation remains tense.

Residents say they don't want to speak to anyone after Police Minister Fikile Mbalula visited the nearby Eldorado Park on Wednesday.

Schooling has been suspended for a third day in Ennerdale and Eldorado Park due to ongoing protests.

The protests started in Eldorado Park on Monday and quickly spread to other areas including Ennerdale, Klipspruit and Orange Farm.

The Gauteng Education Department says it‘s formulating a catch-up plan for all pupils affected by the demonstrations.

Some shops were set alight and others damaged.

The Gauteng Education Department’s Oupa Bodibe says they’re concerned about the academic programme being disrupted.

“And we’ll have to make a plan when the schools are back to normal to catch up.”

He says parents should use their discretion when deciding on the safety of their children.

Bodibe says schools will remain closed until the department communicates when it’s safe to reopen.

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Meanwhile, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says the recent violent protests in Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, were led by drug kingpins and peddlers.

He says they know who these individuals are and it is only a matter of time before they arrest them.

Community members looted shops and blocked roads this week, with residents demanding better service delivery.

Mbalula has told the media during a briefing in Eldorado Park that the protests have undermined the law.

“What does a protest for housing got to do with people closing down shops and looting shops? It’s got nothing to do with that... its criminality.”

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Mbalula sent out a warning to criminals.

“And I’m saying unambiguously and unequivocally that we’re coming for them. For the stones they’ve been throwing here and the anarchy they’ve been organising around Eldorado Park, we know them and we know where they are.”

He says they are aware of more planned protests in the next couple of days, but says the police have plans to maintain order.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)