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Service Delivery Protest in Melusi community

Angry residents of Melusi take it to the streets.

On the morning of Wednesday, 8th May 2024, Melusi residents protested against ongoing service delivery failures. The demonstrations caused major disruptions, blocking main streets and halting traffic. Fieldworkers were prevented from reporting to work as protesters forced them to join the strike. Authorities quickly responded to manage the situation.

Blockage on the main streets near Melusi.
Mayor of Melusi during protest action.

The protest was sparked by residents resorting to illegal electricity connections due to the lack of proper services. SAPS and Metro Police were called to dismantle these illegal connections, affecting the nearby Booysens suburb. Booysens residents have been without electricity for two weeks because a transformer blew out, a result of the illegal connections from Melusi. Community leaders expressed their frustration, noting that the mayor had promised to address the service delivery issues. However, with no visible progress, tensions and unrest have increased among residents.

Fortunately, no injuries occurred during the protests and police actions. However, the situation is becoming critical, necessitating urgent intervention to prevent further disruptions and risks. Melusi residents are demanding immediate action to resolve service delivery issues and restore normalcy.

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