Protesting with rotten rubbish

Angry Phomolong residents in Tembisa recently flooded their customer care centre with rubbish in protest against high rates and corruption.

The residents, armed with rotten garbage, left their community centre smelling like a rubbish dump after their protest.

Community leader Oupa Mathebula said the residents were angered by the high rates they were paying - and the victimisation of orphans who had their homes taken away after their parents died.

"Some residents owe R99000 in rates and we are living in RDP houses."

Resident Martha Hlatshwayo said she owed more than R50000 in rates.

"When you ask where the money must come from, they threaten to disconnect your water and electricity."

She said when she moved to the stand in 1993 she paid R63 a month until the municipality told her to stop. "They said they were going to build a pay point for us. Then they just slapped us with huge bills they can't explain."