Shack dwellers claim land

South Africa
Over 1000 people have claimed municipal land – even cutting down trees in a local forest, to build shacks. They say it is because the municipality has failed to provided them with RDP homes. eNCA
One of the many slums in Durban. Picture: AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Cato Manor - The eThekwini Municipality has called an urgent meeting with shack dwellers after more than 1,000 people invaded private and municipal land because they don't have RDP homes.

Scores of shack dwellers first attempted to build homes in a bush but were chased away by armed municipality guards.

They have since found a new piece of land and are refusing to budge, saying they have decided to build their shacks.

Land owners in the area have been complaining to the municipality after trees have been removed to make way for shacks.

eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo said the municipality cannot allow the situation to continue.

“It’s a big problem now and we can’t allow people to invade private land, whether that land belongs to the municipality or to somebody else,” he said.

The mayor has blamed the lack of housing and land on migration.

“Almost every day there is somebody coming to Durban all over. Some of them come from Zululand, some of them come from Mkhanyakude, some come from Vryheid and some of them come from the Eastern Cape." Said Nxumalo

The group says it will stay put until the mayor meets them on Saturday.

Police are keeping a close eye on the situation.

 

 

-eNCA

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