Two busses set alight

2017-05-25 06:02
Law Enforcement quickly reacted after residents started marking their spaces during the illegal invasion of land, next to Mew Way hall, Khayelitsha, on Tuesday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Law Enforcement quickly reacted after residents started marking their spaces during the illegal invasion of land, next to Mew Way hall, Khayelitsha, on Tuesday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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KDF has condemned the latest string of illegal land invasions and the setting alight of a Golden Arrow bus on Monday.

This was raised in a meeting which was organised by the Khayelitsha Development Forum and was also attended by locally based organisations such as Khayelitsha Business Forum (KBF), Ward Development Forum (WDF), Khayelitsha Community Trust (KCT), Sanco and local councillors.

Ndithini Thyido, the Chairperson of the KDF said residents first erected structures on Friday in a vacant land, including the “CBD (Central Business District) of Khayelitsha”, which is a land not far from the magistrate’s court.

“We strongly condemn the illegal occupation of land. We were told that there is an involvement of Black First Land First (BLF) in all this. I saw Andile Mngxithama bragging on Facebook about it, but I could not get hold of him.

We called the meeting because we are worried about the implications for this and that it is dangerous for the unity of residents.

It might lead to conflict between residents. Why a black township must always be invaded with shacks. It is difficult to police informal settlements. Once the shacks are erected, it is going to be expensive to remove them,” Thyido said.

He said they will oppose the illegal land invasion as some of the land is earmarked for development.

Tyhido also said residents of Graceland were not happy with the shacks as it will cause their houses to lose value.

Councillor Danile Khatshwa, of Ward 96, also said the campaign for land grabs is driven by people who have houses and that they do not stay in the shacks.

Nomonde Noqazo, of Ward Development Forum (WDF), said an immediate solution was needed to prevent the illegal invasions.

“There is a big danger here. It might lead to killing of people. We need to act fast to solve the matter. We need honest answers about the vacant land and the time frames of the projects that are supposed to be built there,” Noqazo said.

Councillor Monde Nqulwana of Ward 89 said the illegal occupation of land was wrong.

He said an election manifesto promised backyarders that they will be prioritised for houses, but that never materialised.

“The City officials must come and indicate when the construction is going to commence.

We need to get a solution to prevent all this. We cannot lead by reacting after such things happened. Illegal occupation of land by shacks is wrong. The number of shacks in Khayelitsha is a problem. This is still going to continue by the look of things,” Nqulwana said.

The meeting was then disrupted by a group of residents who described themselves as backyarders.

Sindile Gaji who said he was their spokesperson faced an uphill battle trying to quellrowdy backyarders.

On Tuesday another meeting was held between City officials, local based organisations and backyarders, but a solutions was nowhere in sight.

Tracy Whittaker, assistant media spokesperson for the City of Cape Town issued a statement that two Golden Arrow busses were set alight on Oscar Mpetha Road in Endlovini and Mandela Park, due to the protest action. Golden Arrow Bus Services also issued a statement in which they confirmed that two of their buses were gutted by fire.

Golden Arrow said they were “concerned and disappointed” after their busses were petrol bombed on Monday. Law enforcement was keeping an eagle eye on proceedings on Tuesday.

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