Commuters in Tembisa, Kempton Park, were faced with a daunting challenge on Wednesday – as protesters blocked roads with burning debris. Fed-up local residents took to the streets in the early hours of Wednesday morning, raising several grievances amid their demonstrations.
There’s a multitude of reasons for this protest action, but a lot of it is driven by the current cost of living crisis. Fuel prices are unaffordable, electricity has become practically non-existent for some residents, and service delivery remains beyond questionable in the region.
This has created a volatile cocktail of anger, and scores of fed-up Tembisa residents have made their voices heard.
The visuals reaching from Tembisa are also a cause for concern. It appears that the community has blockaded a number of major routes in and out of the local CBD. Stones have allegedly been thrown at passing motorists, and police are struggling to maintain law and order.
This is situation in Tembisa next to Rabasotho Police station…all main roads n streets are blocked 🚫 with stones, burning tyres n law enforcement agencies…residents are protesting for service deliveries n public transport price hikes n so forth. pic.twitter.com/SCa0w7AdSk— @PaLeremiGert42 (@paleremigert42) July 20, 2022
Tembisa right now pic.twitter.com/kAoEJbTCT4— thembanator 🤖 (@Thembanator_) July 20, 2022
… a bad morning to Tembisa's working class, as Tembisans are complaining about the rates, taxes and levies.— istayintruth🌍 (@shai_khutso) July 20, 2022
It looks like government's economic objectives are picking up speed in a wrong direction. @City_Ekurhuleni @Our_DA @Action4SA @EFFSouthAfrica @MYANC
The Symbol: pic.twitter.com/M1ZEv7kJb2