Lamontville residents burn buildings, cars over service delivery
Service delivery protesters have shutdown Lamontville Township with burning tyres, closing all entry points and burning the councillor’s office.
The angry residents took to the streets in the early hours of the morning demanding better living conditions and the RDP homes they were promised nine years ago.
“We refuse to live like dogs, we have no safe or clean running water and to make matters worse we use a non-flushing toilet that we all have to share, when we moved here we were told that this was temporary whilst they build our RDP homes and it’s been nine years of no change or progress,” said Zanele Msomi.
In spite of the COVID-19 regulations of social distancing and staying at home the frustrated residents were gathered in crowds demanding answers from the ward councillor who was not available.
Another upset resident expressed her concerns about their living conditions and the impact it has on their health.
“The system is so floored that it forgets about us the disadvantaged people, it’s been over 25 years since the dawn of democracy and yet we are still complaining about decent housing. Something really needs to change hence why we decided to shutdown Lamontville maybe our voices will be heard better when we take drastic measures,” said Bongeni Nzimande.
With the lack of hygiene and overcrowding residents are worried that they might not be able to escape highly contagious coronavirus.