They are demanding that the government immediately supply them with houses, electricity, running water and flushing toilets.
“If the government could spend millions of rands and prepare for the World Cup so quickly, it’s a disgrace that people are still living in squalor in squatter camps,” Vusi Nkosi, a resident, said on Tuesday.24-Hour Security For SWC Teams
“The soccer means nothing to us because we won’t be able to watch it anyway, since we don’t have electricity. “This time we will fight and toyi-toyi like the ANC taught us.”
Over 6 000 people live in seven squatter camps in close proximity to each other in Mamelodi-East.
Riotous residents have been blockading Tsamaya Road, Hector Peterson Street and Hans Strijdom Avenue with burning tyres and rubbish since 20:00 on Monday.
Meanwhile England and other countries at this year’s Soccer World Cup have been promised 24-hour surveillance at their hotels and will have their team bus swept for explosives.
Security around Fabio Capello’s squad has been highlighted by an apparent secret recording of conversations between England players and coaches before the Egypt friendly at Wembley last week.
At a recent summit held by FIFA, the 2010 Local Organising Committee told security chiefs from every country about the measures that will be taken to ensure their players are safe.
They were given a dossier of information, a copy of which has been seen by Press Association Sport, that read: “The enthusiasm of some fans, ever present nature of international terrorism and intensely competitive nature of the World Cup necessitates that the Organising Committee and Government should ensure that the most effective methods of team security are implemented.”
Teams will have their own training bases – England’s is at Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus near Rustenburg – then will stay at “Venue Specific Team Hotels” before matches.
FIFA have promised that “the security services will monitor the floors occupied by the team on a 24-hour basis” and “cameras will be installed in the passages of the dedicated floors of the hotel”.
FIFA have also given reassurances about travel to and from matches.
The document read: “Team buses will be checked and cleared on site by SAPS (South African Police Service) Explosive Unit before each journey.” SAPA