Situation tense as more Princess Park protests flare up

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Situation tense as more Princess Park protests flare up

Kgaugelo Masweneng | 2017-06-06 08:27:00.0

Residents claimed to have been promised housing for years.

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Renewed protest action in the Princess Park informal settlement near Roodepoort is under way‚ said Johannesburg metro police.

“I can confirm that the situation is violent. Protesters have torched a truck. We are deploying more officers to the scene‚” said JMPD spokesman Wayne Minnaar.

Albertina Sisulu Road‚ which runs on the outskirts of the informal settlement‚ was “shut down” due to the protest.

“The situation is tense. The police are monitoring the scene‚” Minnaar added.

TimesLIVE reported on Monday that it is believed the protests are related to housing. Locals have embarked on similar protests in recent months.

When TimesLIVE visited the area several months ago‚ protesting residents were unapologetic about looting and torching trucks travelling near the informal settlement.

“It is the only way that government will hear us. For every war‚ there are casualties‚” one protester said at the time.

Residents claimed to have been promised housing for years.

They demanded that they be given access to a block of newly built flats close to the informal settlement.



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