Chaos erupts as police clash with protesting residents in Eldorado park

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 08 May 2017| 11 Shabaan 1438

There are running battles in the south of Johannesburg where police have clashed with protesting residents in Eldorado Park.

Earlier, police fired rubber bullets at a group of demonstrators who targeted several shops.

Residents are angry about being evicted from Freedom Park last month and are demanding land to build houses.

Police have their hands full here in Freedom Park where protesters are sporadically pelting officers with stones.

Several roads have been barricaded with rocks and burning rubble while the police use rubber bullets to disperse protesters.Several shops have been targeted including a garage on the main road.

No budget for Eldorado Park housing – Gauteng Human Settlements

The Gauteng Human Settlements department has not budgeted for the development of housing in Eldorado Park in the current fiscal year as it is still completing necessary approvals, the department’s spokesperson said.

This after a violent protest broke out in the area on Monday morning with parts of the N12 and Golden Highway was barricaded with rocks and burning tyres.

Residents said the protest turned violent because they are desperate for proper housing.

Gauteng Human Settlements department spokesperson Keith Khoza told News24 that approval is underway for a piece of vacant land near Eldorado Park.

Extracts – EWN|News24