With the rest of the country flocking last week to the polling stations in record numbers, hundreds of residents of the Alexandra township opted to boycott the election to make a stand for poor government-subsidised housing. Speaking out against the corruption and delays that has marred delivery of a new housing project in the Far East Bank of Alexandra, the protestors held chants and dances on a grassy knoll across the street from a line of police vehicles and media.

Jig jog.


Township police.


Guards keep watch inside the disputed –and very incomplete– housing project.


For the full series, including several (rather mediocre) photos not published here, check out theĀ multimedia slideshow on The Times’ website.


Austin Andrews is a Vancouver-based photojournalist and occasional filmmaker with a penchant for finding the fantastic in the everyday. Contact him at austin [at] disposablewords [dot] net

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