Missionvale protesters block roads

FIERY BARRICADE : A woman evades tyres set alight by protesters who closed the old Missionvale Road yesterday Picture: EUGENE COETZEE
FIERY BARRICADE : A woman evades tyres set alight by protesters who closed the old Missionvale Road yesterday Picture: EUGENE COETZEE

AS Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Danny Jordaan reported back on his first 100 days in office yesterday, Rolihlahla informal settlement residents blocked two Port Elizabeth roads.

The third day of protest by Missionvale residents started at 6am.

But the road was already open by 8am, with a strong police presence in the area.

The protesters then started fires on the old Missionvale Road.

They demanded to see Jordaan, threatening to close Uitenhage Road if he did not address them.

A municipal rapid task team was dispatched instead. Residents told the task team they wanted houses with electricity, toilets and water.

Task team coordinator Zolile Ndoni said: “The human settlements directorate has promised that relocation will start next week.”

The disgruntled residents would be relocated to the Joe Slovo area.

“Thereafter the electricity directorate will work in the area,” Ndoni said.

Despite assurances from the municipal rapid task team, protesters said they were tired of empty promises and demanded to see Jordaan.

Ndoni said he would compile a report and send it to Jordaan.

-Yoliswa Sobuwa

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