Friday, June 26, 2009

Residents clash with police

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 June 2009


About 500 residents from Masiphumelele continued to clash with police last night in a service delivery protest.

The protesters blocked the entrance to Masiphumelele with branches, stones and tyres that were set alight.

Back dwellers are protesting about the lack of service delivery and they have been kicked out of their back homes by land lords.

Masiphumelele residents are demanding that the land that is up for private use be given to them. They also want the Minister of Human settlement Tokyo Sixwale to come and speak to them.

Police had to use rubber bullets to break the crowds that were throwing stones at them.

“When we left Masiphumelele the situation was calm but there was still some tension,” said spokesperson of the police Bernadine Steyn.

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