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Apr 4 2012 12:57PM
 
Kya Sands riots off, for now
RICKETY: This bridge is one of the reasons residents of Kya Sands squatter camp blocked Malibongwe Drive during a chaotic protest last week. Picture: HERBERT MATIMBA
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Zodidi Mhlana

A task team is to be formed to take care of the people’s demands at the strife-torn squatter camp at Kya Sands, in the north of Johannesburg.

This is a decision taken in a meeting held on Tuesday between the residents of the community and the housing officials from the Johannesburg metro.

“We are going to be meeting with the leadership of Kya Sands next week, where a leadership, that will be part of the task team, will be elected,” said Dan Bovu, the member of the mayoral committee in Johannesburg.

All the leaders who will be elected to be part of the task team would look at the main challenges faced by the community.

In next week’s meeting service delivery temporary problems would be addressed as well.

“We will look at the issues of a temporary bridge that links two communities in the area, the issues of temporary toilets and access roads in the community and, of course, the long grass on the way to school would be addressed too,” Bovu said.

The residents have been demanding housing, clean water, tarred roads, a temporary bridge and decent toilets for the past two years.

Last week the angry residents vowed to burn down the house which belongs to the councillor and drive out foreigners if their demands were not met. They also said that they would torch the companies that do business in the area.

Bovu also said that the government wanted to develop the area.

“We need to have a treatment plant because at the moment business people cannot grow their business and we cannot have development in the area.

“We need R2bn to do that. There’s not enough capacity for sewer treatment,” Bovu added.

This particular project will take five years to develop.

Community leaders were pleased with the outcome of the meeting.

“We are quite pleased that some of the issues are now being addressed by the government,” said Solly Phala.

He said the residents would not be taking to the streets today as threatened last week.

zodidim@thenewage.co.za

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