Hopes of getting houses slowly fading for residents along Jukskei River

Johannesburg emergency services said they were on high alert with the river exceeding 50% capacity.

Setswetla in Alexandra near Jukskei River. Picture Sethembiso Zulu/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - People living on the banks of the Jukskei River in Alexandra say they are tired of receiving attention from government officials only when the rainy season approaches.

On Monday morning, Johannesburg emergency services said they were on high alert with the river exceeding 50% capacity.

Residents of Setswetla informal settlement say they were hopeful last year when President Jacob Zuma visited the area following the death of three-year-old Everlate Chauke, but very little was done afterwards.

Community leader Kgabo Raphala says the hope of receiving housing is slowly fading away.

β€œAll ministers, including the president, came here and made empty promises; they fail us.”

He says promises to build a wall between the homes and the river to lower the risk of flooding were never fulfilled.

β€œ[They said] After that they'll make sure that they deploy JMPD to monitor this wall, but there is no wall.”

Raphala says they feel the only way government will take them seriously is if they organise a march.

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