Residents barricade road

Angry community members barricaded the streets of Enkanini, demanding service delivery.

Residents of Enkanini informal settlement barricaded Baden Powell Drive with burning tyres and rubbish in a protest over service delivery on Monday March 18.

The residents argued that they had had no water for months since the communal taps ran dry late last year.

When Vukani arrived in the area, there was a heavy police presence, with some residents gathering in groups and others still burning tyres.

Tempers and emotions flared as residents stoned a police vehicle.

The residents said three people, including children, had been taken to hospital after they were hit by rubber bullets. And their community leader, Myolisi Magibisela, was arrested.

Resident, Mthetheleli Alice Khunjuzwa, said their communal taps and toilets had not been working since last year, making their lives miserable.

He said they had been forced to walk long distances to beg for water from nearby areas, but often their requests were denied, as residents of neighbouring communities refused to let them use their taps, or locked the communal toilets.

Mr Khunjuzwa said they had been living in the area for more than 10 years and it was the first time that they were experiencing such things. He said it has been extremely difficult to live without such services.

He said when they informed their ward councillor Andile Lili, he had promised to bring trucks with tanks of water.