Soul City demands service
RESIDENTS of Soul City informal settlement in Kagiso, Johannesburg, yesterday staged a service delivery protest in a bid to get the mayor's attention.
The angry mob barricaded roads, preventing cars from entering or passing through Kagiso township, and demanded the construction of speed humps on the nearby main road to reduce accidents.
In one of the skirmishes between the protesters, police and municipality security officers, a man was shot in the back and rushed to hospital.
The protests resulted in the temporary closure of the Kagiso main access road . Protesters vowed they would close the roads until Mogale City mayor Koketso Calvin Seerane addresses them.
The protest turned sinister when protesters abducted two SABC journalists after police arrested a woman protester. The two were released on condition the police release the woman.
Mogale City local municipality spokesman Nkosana Zali said the riots were triggered by two car accidents yesterday. "Two school children were knocked down - one by a truck and the other by a taxi.
"Unfortunately one died and the other one is recovering at Leratong Hospital.
"We understand they want speed humps to reduce accidents. We promise to fast track the process so we can peaceful.
"At 10am, the situation got out of hand and protesters started throwing stones at the police and media."
Zali said a resident had been arrested for public violence .
"We have called for more manpower and more people will be arrested. For the sake of peace, we are going to release the woman and deal with her later."
One of the protesters told Sowetan they had been waiting for houses for years.
"The main problem is that we do not have enough water and toilets. We have been 'engaging' the councillor to no avail."