South Africa: Arrests Made in Soweto Protests

Service delivery protesters hold up signs about lack of services. (Google Images)

Service delivery protesters hold up signs about lack of services. (Google Images)

IOL News is reporting that arrests have been made in Protea Glen south Soweto due to service delivery protests.  Four more people were arrested bringing the total number of arrests to 19 since the protests began in recent weeks.  Some of the reasons given for the protests include dissatisfaction with the delivery of basic municipal services such as running water, electricity and toilets, especially in informal settlements. Unemployment (officially at around 23%), high levels of poverty, poor infrastructure, and the lack of houses add to the growing dissatisfaction in this and other poor communities.

Protesters are demanding that municipal leaders meet with them to hear and address their concerns, which have been ongoing for nearly two decades. Many leaders have vowed to change the living conditions for many, including those who live in Protea Glen south Soweto, to no avail.

Police are on high alert and some crowds have been dispersed with the use of tear gas.

Read more at IOL News.

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