Alex protesters: Govt has forgotten about us

Residents said that they were angry and hoped the shutdown of Alexandra would serve as a wake-up call to government.

Alexandra residents took to the streets on 3 April 2019 demanding better service delivery in the township. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Protesting Alexandra residents demanding better service delivery say they feel that the government has forgotten about them.

On Wednesday morning, community members barricaded serval roads in and around the township with burning tyres and rocks.

Residents said that they were angry and hoped the shutdown of Alexandra would serve as a wake-up call to government.

One woman said that there were no new developments in the area compared to other Gauteng townships.

“Government has forgotten about us, it’s like a dead place here. Everything needs to be fixed.”

Another protester said that residents wanted to see more houses given to South Africans.

“There are other people who give foreigners houses and South Africans, we don’t have houses,” he said.

More tyres were brought in the township and residents said they would not to back down until they got answers from the City of Johannesburg.

SHOPS CLOSED

Several shops have been closed for the day including Alexandra Mall.

Some small businesses like salons and tuckshops are also not operating on Wednesday, with owners saying that they are too scared.

Several small fires have been ignited, leaving a thick grey cloud of smoke billowing over the township.

Commuters have also been left stranded with no taxis operating in the area for now.

With schools closed for the day, some children can be seen taking part in the protests helping to move tyres to make more fires.

Johannesburg Metro Police officers are on the scene trying to clear roads.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)