South Africa 8.10.2014 03:40 pm

Protest leaves Newclare streets damaged

Newclare residents protest for better services and housing on Monday. Picture: Michel Bega

Newclare residents protest for better services and housing on Monday. Picture: Michel Bega

Residents of Katrada Park, west of Johannesburg, and surrounding communities have been left with badly damaged roads and an out of kilter train station in wake of a violent protest that plagued the area on Monday.

From the early hours of Monday morning, protesters set fire to Newclare train station buildings, ripped up the roads and littered roads with stones and other debris.

The protest which saw one man shot dead and another injured, flared up over housing that has allegedly been incomplete since 2002.

Newclare community leader, Shahiem Ismail, said the communities have been badly affected in the wake of destruction left behind with roads still partially blocked and a train station that cannot be used.

“Residents can’t go to work. There is no alternative transport, no buses have been brought in since the station closed,” said Ismail.

“This has caused massive disruption as a lot of people use the service to get to work to feed their families.”

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa said the service at Newclare would be suspended until calm is restored to the area.

The Citizen drove around the community to find that although some of the debris has been moved, a lot still remain scattered across the roads, making for difficult access.

In some areas the tarmac had been ripped out in an attempt to cause blockages.

Police were still monitoring the area on Tuesday and said it has been calm.

 

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