Sharpeville residents vow to continue protesting

RDP Houses. Photo courtesy of Wiki Media Commons.

RDP Houses. Photo courtesy of Wiki Media Commons.

Angry residents of Sharpeville, south of Johannesburg, have vowed to continue protesting until their demands are met.

Disgruntled protesters took to the streets late yesterday and throughout the night, demanding RDP houses among other things.

According to community leader, Sello Jubeba, residents who reside at the Phuma Sibethani informal settlement, which is situation on a piece of land believed to be a sports precinct, were promised to be accomodated at the nearby Phase four area, but up to today nothing has materialised.

“Some ANC officials are selling these RDP houses for prices ranging between R10 000 and R15 000, while the rest of us continue to suffer.

“We are tired of these empty promises politicians make every time when they are seeking votes from us … we will continue with this protest until our government listens,” Jubeba said.

The informal settlement in question is next to an open field where the Sharpeville Day – Human Rights Day as it is known today -commemorations are normally held.

According to Jubeba, their area which is more than 20 years old, continues to be overlooked by officials who always attend the commemorations.


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