Illegal dwellers resist order

2016-04-06 06:00
DURING the media briefing Friday (01/04) were from the left Vaughn Settley (housing chairperson of the Sol Plaatje Municipality), Mangaliso Matika (speaker) and Boy Dhuwayo (executive director of infrastructure). Photos: Boipelo Mere

DURING the media briefing Friday (01/04) were from the left Vaughn Settley (housing chairperson of the Sol Plaatje Municipality), Mangaliso Matika (speaker) and Boy Dhuwayo (executive director of infrastructure). Photos: Boipelo Mere

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WE have the right to remove those who resist to move, although we have opted to encourage them to move to Snake Park, as it is called.”

This was stated by the speaker of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, Mangaliso Matika, on Friday’s (01/04) media briefing to update the media on the process of moving the approximately 200 illegal shack dwellers of Jacksonville to Ivory Park.

He said they were given one last chance to clear the area.

According to him, there are currently over 1 000 shacks in Ivory Park.

“Water and sanitation will be provided, thus we appeal to them to follow the process of moving,” promised Matika.

He warned political opportunists who exploited the situation by turning the area into a campaigning ground that this would not be tolerated.

“We are hopeful that their legal representatives will advise them to co-operate as there are people who applied for that land and were approved.”

Joined by the housing chairperson of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, Vaughn Settley, and the executive director of infrastructure, Boy Dhuwayo, he elaborated that the land would be cleared once there were people who were willing to move, followed by the installation of communal taps and toilets.

“Even though it is not adequate, it will be better and guidelines will state as to how they will share the toilets and taps. We are doing our best to give better services to our people, but we are also avoiding vandalism by installing the services once there are people who will use them.”

According to the speaker, there is a third hand that is preventing the process of eviction as “we have engaged with the residents more than twice.

“We have to control the compliance with the court order to prevent similar situations in future.”

According to Dhuwayo, providing alternative land every time there is an illegal land grabbing process remains a challenge for the municipality as the dilemma of land size differs.

“It is a financial burden for us, as penalties have already been paid to the contractor as services belong to the approved beneficiaries,” he revealed.

“It is not like we are targeting Jacksonville people.”

Meanwhile the residents remain unmoved by the warning and continue to resist the eviction.

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