Gauteng residents gear up for total shutdown

Gauteng residents gear up for total shutdown

Residents of Soweto and various other areas in Gauteng are demanding free electricity, housing and land ahead of their plans to shut down the province on Tuesday.

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The residents are accusing the government of ignoring their demands for electricity and housing.

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Organisers Thami Hukwe says that they want an immediate response for their list of demands.

“We want the state to immediately respond to the demands that have been made by our communities for a very long time. The demand of free and quality electricity, decent housing, jobs and reposition of the land.”

Hukwe adds that it is not the first time they have called on the government to intervene.

“It is not going to be the first time, In 2016/17, there was a shutdown in Johannesburg south communities around the same issues and especially the issue of land.

“The state responded by something called rapid land relief programme and mega housing development project and up to this far, nothing has happened to that regard. Our communities have been waiting for the state to release the land, but the land has not been released and the houses are not built,” says Hukwe.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says that they will monitor the shutdown.

“JMPD has become aware of the shutdown message through social media and officers will be deployed and we will work together with other law enforcement agencies, in order to deal with the situation as it unfolds.”


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