We have nowhere else to go, say Alex residents living on Jukskei River banks

Residents say while they know they face danger on a daily basis, living on the banks of the river is the only option they have.

Setswetla residents in Alexandra say they know about the danger of living along the Jukskei River but they have nowhere to go. Picture Sethembiso Zulu/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Alexandra residents say while they understand the danger of living on the banks of the Jukskei River, they have nowhere else to go.

Johannesburg emergency services say they're monitoring the area as rainy weather is expected to persist throughout the week.

In December last year, three-year-old Everlate Chauke's body was found after she was swept away during flash floods in the informal settlement.

Residents in Setswetla say while they know they face danger on a daily basis, living on the banks of the river is the only option they have.

One man says on Saturday water had risen to alarming levels, leaving parts of his shack flooded.

He says last year government made promises about finding them a place to live.

Emergency services say currently the river is at 50% capacity.

Once it reaches 70%, they'll consider emergency evacuations.