Tue. Oct 22nd, 2019

Bellavista protests: Angry residents want DA councillor removed

bellavista turffontein protestsAnother protest hits the DA-led province.

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On Tuesday, residents from Bellavista, in Johannesburg, took to the streets to display their disgruntlement with DA councillor, Rashieda Landis.

As reported by EWN, protesters barricaded roads with burned tyres and rubble, calling for ward 55 councillor, Landis, to step down from her post.

Why are Bellavista and Turffontein residents protesting?

These protests coincided with the unrest that erupted in the neighbouring Turffontein community. It is believed that the residents are tired of the alleged empty promises Landis made regarding service delivery, housing and employment.

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A notice that was shared by the protesters on Wednesday, 17 April, detailed some of the demands made by the protesters:

  • Protesters demand the reinstatement of employees at the Booysens Magistrate’s Court in Turffontein, and the Johannesburg Social Housing Company.
  • Protesters want a plan-of-action to address the high rates of unemployment in Bellavista, Turffontein, Chrisville, Kleindorpie, Haddon and Rossenteinville
  • They want the Bellavista Clinic to open up vacancies for the youth

As it was promised in the notice, the residents came out in numbers to shut down all wards in south Gauteng. At the time of publication of this article, Bellavista and Rosina Road had been closed, with traffic being redirected to alternative routes.

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The Johannesburg Metro police spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar, warned motorists to avoid the area at all cost.

“There are tyres burning and rubble on Bellavista Road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes,” Minnaar stated.

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The JMPD noted that it was monitoring the protests. No arrests or injuries have been reported.

This is yet another protest that has hit Gauteng. In the last three weeks, service delivery protests have broken out in Soweto, Alexandra and Tshwane, where residents called on the DA-led provincial government to account for failing to deliver on its promise of improving conditions in the respective communities.

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