Residents of Tembisa took to the streets yesterday in a protest fuelled by anger as they were tired of service delivery issues, which included electricity shortages.
The Residences of Tembisa had a violent protest yesterday, as they were tired of poor service delivery. Streets in the area were blocked with tyres, rocks, stones and tree branches, among other scattered pieces of rubbish. This prevented motor vehicle drivers from being able to go in and out of the area.
“We are hungry and we are deprived of electricity. For what reason we don’t know.” Rent is too expensive; we are not coping. One of the Tembisa protesters
Sophia Mthimkhulu, who is one of the residents in the area, said that the Rabasotho customer care centre must be closed as it is not assisting them when they raise issues relating to electricity. Mthimkhulu continued to say that they can not be expected to live in the dark with small children in a high-crime area.
The city of Ekurhuleni and the Tembisa residents, who were protesting, have since agreed to hold a public meeting next Friday, July 29.
A few of the protesters went to OR Tambo Government Precinct, which is located in Germiston, where the head office of the city is located. Residents handed over a memorandum of their grievances and demands, which was accepted by the Ekurhuleni mayor, Tania Campbell.
Campbell stated that the issues would soon be attended to, but some of them, such as the price of fuel and Eskom tariffs, were beyond the city’s control.
“The recent legitimate protests by the communities of Tembisa and KwaThema are underpinned by the unreasonable tariffs and anti-pro-poor policies that have been advanced by the DA-led coalition and allies.” ANC chief whip Jongizizwe Dlabathi.