Protesters in DiepKloof take aim at the government after years of poor service delivery
Diepkloof Hostel in a dilapidated condition.

Government officials led by MEC for Human Settlement and Infrastructure Development Lebogang Maile visited the unrest-hit DiepKloof in Soweto on Tuesday and promised to resolve their issues, but could not say when.

Soberly and solemnly, hundreds of protesters poured into the streets on Monday night to demonstrate against dilapidated conditions in their hostels.

The condition of hostels is in shambles. Incidents of roof collapse, leakage from walls, short circuits in wires, and dilapidated conditions are a major concern for hostel dwellers.

Drawing attention to poor service delivery, the protesters rued that they were forced to live in deplorable conditions as the government officially was not paying attention to their issues.

Addressing the media after speaking to local residents, MEC Maile promised to return on Thursday to finalise some of the protesters demands.

“The province has a total of 65 hostels, and we need R20 billion to fix the infrastructure in all the hostels around Gauteng, added MEC Maile.

MEC further indicated that residents have all the right to protest, but they should not destroy the infrastructure.

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