Hostel tenants threaten voter registration weekend

Johannesburg, 3 March 2016 - Protesting hostel dwellers in Johannesburg have threatened to block voter registration this weekend, if their demands are not met. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - George Goch and Denver hostel residents have threatened to block voter registration this weekend, if their demands are not met.

This after residents protested over the demarcation board’s decision to separate the two hostels on Thursday evening.

The tenants claim the board failed to meet with them before the decision was made but, the board says it consulted extensively.

The residents say they'll continue protesting until the decision is withdrawn.

Police Spokesperson Kay Makhubela said this morning that there will be a police presence around the area monitoring and patrolling. Right now at the hostels things are calm with not much activity.

Residents say the Demarcation Board failed to meet with them, before separating the two hostels.

“Our strike continues, there won’t be any registration and voting under Ward 65.”

“We are the first people that should be consulted before you carry out a demarcation. Even the Demarcation Board has to come and explain to us that this is what’s going to happen to our area.”.

George Goch Hostel Leader Thinabakho Mbatha said “We came here to urge protesters to stop the violence. After our intervention, things calmed down, but we are not responsible for what happened before our arrival.”

Denver Hostel Leader Welcome Mchunu,“People want the government to leave them alone in Ward 65. There will be no voter registration because that will not go smoothly. We’ve asked the Speaker to come and collect our memorandum, but nobody came.”

Thirty-eight protesters have been arrested facing charges of arson and malicious damage to property.

The residents say they'll continue protesting until the Demarcation Board withdraws its decision.

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