Sanco members. Photo: Ron Sibiya
“From 05:00 no car will be allowed to pass use the R55, no one is going to work and no taxis will operate, we are going to be block it.”
Motorists have been warned of a service-delivery protest in Olivenhoutbosch which is expected to result in road closures.
The R55 road is among those expected to be affected by the residents’ action.
The South African national civics association (Sanco) member Portia Mokoena said the protest would start at 05:00 on Wednesday with residents demanding to know what was delaying tarred roads being constructed in the area.
“From 05:00 no car will be allowed to use the R55, we are going to block it,” she said.
“We have untarred roads, which are not safe for our community and it has been a long time since we started complaining.
“We have complained since the early 2000s about these unsafe roads and to date nothing has changed.”
Mokoena said the roads were bad, making it difficult for motorists to drive properly on the streets.
She also alleged that “a big piece of land” in Olievenhoutbosch had been given to a pastor for a church and the community was demanding that it be returned.
“People are fighting for houses and do not have places to stay and land is just siphoned off, it is not right.
“We have a new mayor, he must tell us when he will fix the tar roads,” Mokoena said.
“There was a budget for a tar road but now we are told that it has been allocated to other things. What happened to that budget, we deserve to know.”
Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa told Rekord that he did not know about any donated land.
He suspected that the protest was a result of him cancelling a contract to build RDP houses in which the service provider has not been on site since 2014 and people had illegally occupied the houses.
“The city took the matter to court in a bid to have those people evicted.”
“I was there last week. We re-gravelled the road, we unblocked sewer pipes and did road markings – all of which are common service-delivery issues.”
Mokgalapa said those who knew there were pending evictions were hyping others up to protest, claiming it was a “service-delivery protest when it is in fact about the houses”.
“They want to close the R55 because it is a main road linking Krugersdorp and Pretoria to apply pressure,” said Mokgalapa.
Source : Rekord