Residents of Diepsloot are urging President Cyril Ramaphosa to pay a visit to their community and address their concerns regarding the issue of crime.
On Monday evening, furious protesters set tires on fire and blocked roads as a means of expressing their anger.
Despite Police Minister Bheki Cele’s previous visit to the area in April, residents feel that he has failed to provide permanent solutions to the pervasive crime problem.
The frustrated residents, who took to the streets on Monday night, demand that President Cyril Ramaphosa personally come to the community. In various sections of the suburb, including 1, 2, 5, 7, and 8, protesters burned tires and set up roadblocks.
They also threatened that they will continue to disrupt activities in Diepsloot and along the N14 highway until the president addresses their concerns.
“When he is done resolving the issues of Ukraine and Russia, he must come and resolve his issues in South Africa,” resident Loyiso Doyiya told News24.
Community leader Chairs Serobedi said while violence was not the answer, it was “the only way we can have an ear from our government”.
However, they said, this was not the permanent solution they sought because killings continued to grip the community.
“We have lost two people after our strike on Friday. It seems the memorandum we handed to the police hasn’t borne any fruit,” said Serobedi.
He further stated that the community did not gain any advantages from the visits made by government officials.
He openly criticized these officials, accusing them of being hypocritical because they enjoyed the protection of bodyguards while the residents themselves became victims of crime.
When the police arrived at the scene, the protesters scattered and dispersed.