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2018-03-08 06:01
A young protester pours fuel to the fire as residents from Klipfontein Mission Station protest against Marikana invaders. In the distance police vehicles separate the two groups while stones are being thrown. PHOTOS: Mandla Mahashe

A young protester pours fuel to the fire as residents from Klipfontein Mission Station protest against Marikana invaders. In the distance police vehicles separate the two groups while stones are being thrown. PHOTOS: Mandla Mahashe

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The battle lines have been drawn in the Klipfontein Mission Station-an informal settlement along Govan Mbeki Road- as residents butted heads with surplus land invaders from Marikana.

On Tuesday residents from the Staion broke out in violent protests, claiming that the invaders were encroaching in their territory.

The animosity began last week as the seemingly ever increasing residents from Marikana wanted to expand their structures to their neighbouring shack dwellers.

“They are coming here and are taking spaces that we have cleaned and prepared to build homes, but they are taking over everything.

They have now placed their houses all over their area and we are saying enough is enough now,” said Reginald Williams, en elderly gentlemen who spoke to City Vision.

He said the area was devoid of basic services and the new settlers will exarcebate matters.

“We have been here for a long time and now they will arrive and get housing way before us. Other areas were getting services and they are also given housing opportunities,” he complained.

He said that they will continue to cause chaos until the government came up with a solution.

“We want them to return to their homes, where were they living before they came here?” he asked.

Another resident said that the police were heavy-handed in their approach towards the community.

“We are really not happy with the police shooting people here. At another house they threw a teargas canister and a disabled child was hurt.

The invaders are building their shacks next to our cemetery; they also throw rubbish on our grave site. We just want them get away from our area,” said Tasha Louw.

The protestors continued to throw stones at the police till the evening with the road closed off from Stock Road to Symphony Way.

Namhla Mathandabuzo,35, who had also erected her shack in the area, told reporters that residents from the squatter camp could not tell them where to erect their house.

“Only the City of Cape Town can tell us where to not place our homes. If we have to fight to secure homes for ourselves we will,” she said.

The situation remained tense early yesterday morning.

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