Squatters invade Union Buildings

Residents from two informal settlements on the East Rand marched on the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday to highlight grievances over service delivery.

Residents from two informal settlements on the East Rand marched on the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday to highlight grievances over service delivery.

Community leader Cyprian Malatji said about 3000 people from Madelakufa near Tembisa joined the demonstration.

"We have been living without basic services like water and electricity for the past 16 years," he said.

A memorandum outlining these and other grievances was delivered to an official from the Presidency.

"We are giving the Presidency 14 days to respond. If not, we will occupy stands on open land reserved for the building of RDP houses," Malatji said.

Earlier in the day, the disgruntled residents barricaded roads separating Tembisa and the Madelakufa informal settlements with burning tyres, bricks and rubble.

The protesters took a train to Pretoria afterwards.

Malatji said residents were promised houses in 1995. The houses were built, but people from other areas occupied them. - Sapa

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