Task team in office to talk ‘revolution’

2018-05-31 06:00
Ramaphosa informal settlement task team members at City Vision offices. From left: Baxolise Doyiza, Bulelani Mbinda and Babalwa Siswana.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Ramaphosa informal settlement task team members at City Vision offices. From left: Baxolise Doyiza, Bulelani Mbinda and Babalwa Siswana.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Land invaders in Ramaphosa informal settlement, which is situated near Victoria Mxenge, in Philippi have threatened to fight back, should anyone remove them from that land.

They were speaking to this reporter on Monday during an unsolicited invite inside City Vision’s offices on Durban Road, Bellville, after the trio of them walked in.

Baxolise Doyiza, Bulelani Mbinda and Babalwa Siswana said they have sacrificed a lot and have lost valuable property after Law Enforcement paid them a visit.

They said they represented so-called land invaders who emanated from Philippi, Gugulethu, Phola Park, Khi-khi and Victoria Mxenge.

They said they have been squatting in the area for the past three months.

Bulelani Mbinda: “Law Enforcement has already destroyed our shacks on four occasions and have seized our material. We tried to stop them by showing them court papers as proof that there is a case pending in the High Court, but they still pulled our properies down.”

Babalwa Siswana alleged that the incumbent councillor sided with Siyahlala informal settlement residents in his ward, so he can move them onto their land.

However, ward 80 Councillor Nkululeko Mgolombane has rubbished those claims.

“I had a meeting with them at Fezeka Municipal offices in Gugulethu, but in the middle of the meeting, Siyahlala residents demanded to talk to me first, and we were forced to adjourned the meeting. We haven’t met them again,” said Mgolombane.

Mbinda emphasised: “No officers will come and destroy our shacks again. We will fight back. We are ready for them. People in Marikana informal settlement died fighting for their land.

“People at Isiqalo informal settlement died fighting for their land. And we will also die for our land ... We are going nowhere.

“Shack dwellers from Siyahlala came to us and said the councillor (had) told them that the land we have settled in belongs to them.

Mgolombane said he had no issues with the people in Ramaphosa.

“I have nothing to do with the Ramaphosa residents. If they want to fight for the land they can do so, they must not involve me. I am the councillor and I am working for the City,” he said.

Mgolombane added: “ ... There is land that mayor Patricia de Lille has identified, which the City has promised to buy, but we are waiting for the office of the mayor to confirm.”

Mgolombane, however, declined to mention in which area that land is.

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