Jozi: Protesters refuse to vote

22 04 2009
April 22 2009 at 07:55AM
By Anna Cox
Source: IOL

A group of about 300 protesters gathered at River Park in Alexandra before dawn this morning. They are all residents of a nearby squatter camp, and embarked on a protest against a lack of housing.  The toyi-toying crowd stood on an embankment on London Road, chanting “No house, no vote”.

Community leader Thabo Modisan said people were not happy about the election and refused to vote until they got houses.

“We have been waiting since 1994 and we are still living in shacks. We were promised basic services and have not received them, and that is why we are boycotting the election,” he said.

Police, while stationed a distance away, were observing and ensuring that the peaceful protest did not get out of hand.

The Johannesburg College of Education’s Alexandra campus, one of the polling stations, has not opened on time.

Solidarity: Alexandra Vukazenzele Crisis Committee to march on 19 April

18 04 2008

The Alexandra Vukuzenzele Crisis Committee (AVCC) together with other Civil Society Organisations will be marching to the Extension 7 RDP houses on the 19th April 2008 to demand that the houses must be allocated to the poor residents of Alexandra. They residents will be gathering at Ghanda Center, 1st Avenue at 10h00 and then proceed to Extension 7 RDP houses to expose housing corruption in the area. They have marched on many occasions as the AVCC to highlight the housing problem in Alexandra but their efforts have failed because the housing officials have turned a blind eye to corruption.

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