Dept appeals for patience as Gauteng residents protest over housing

Residents in Diepkloof, Soweto, barricaded several roads with burning tyres, while police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse them.

Several roads were barricaded with burning tyres on Wednesday 24 May 2017 as residents in Diepkloof protested over land and housing. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Human Settlements Department has appealed for patience as MEC Paul Mashatile works to address grievances over land and housing.

More than 10 communities across Gauteng have embarked on protests over the issue this month.

Residents in Diepkloof, Soweto, barricaded several roads with burning tyres, while police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse them.

Residents are demanding RDP houses and to speak to Mashatile.

Keith Khoza, the MEC’s spokesperson, says: “There is no community that will not be engaged when there are issues that are burning. The MEC is committed to talking to all communities on issues that affect them.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)