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Fresh protests erupt in Ennerdale ahead of Mashatile visit

Residents in areas including Eldorado Park, Lenasia and Finetown in southern Johannesburg took to the streets this week over housing.

A protester in Ennerdale pushes a burning tyre into the road. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile is expected to visit Ennerdale on Friday amid fresh protests in the area.

Residents in areas including Eldorado Park, Lenasia and Finetown in southern Johannesburg took to the streets this week over housing.

Gauteng Traffic’s Obed Sibasa says this morning’s demonstration in Ennerdale is affecting traffic on the N1 close to the Grasmere Toll Plaza.

Mashatile is also expected to visit Eldorado Park this morning.

His spokesperson Keith Khoza says: “We can have a way, waiting list is of 3,000 people but only find that 1,200 qualify. So we’ll be sending a team to conduct the assessment, and based on a set criteria, that all the people that will come forward we’ll make an assessment if they do qualify for RDP houses.”

Mashatile’s visit comes ahead of Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s visit on Sunday.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)