LETTER: I didn’t give up, they shouldn’t

2016-03-08 06:00

I am a coloured woman who lives in Mitchell’s Plain. Ever since the people from Siqalo invaded private property by moving in, a lot of break-ins happened.

They destroy government property and disrupt traffic when the people need to be at their workplace.

I wish they could just go back to where they came from, as I am sure they had a place where they stayed before, before they took over someone’s land. If that had to be my property I would do everything in my power to evict them from my property.

I was not even 21 years old when I bought my house. I worked very hard to pay the bank off and almost lost my house three times, but yet I conquered.

I did not go and protest because I wanted a toilet in my house or I wanted a job.

Also I have to buy electricity every day; my rates, water, sewerage must be paid monthly. I do not get this free of charge.

Imagine If I were to start protesting in my road as I refuse to pay my rates, etc. I do not do that because I am a civilised person with morals.

Another thing is, why do they never put up shacks in the white areas but conveniently come to the coloured areas?

I had to go out there and hand out my CV. I also had a child when I was 15 years old and that made it even worse as I had to support two people. I did not give up and I most certainly did not protest, damage private property or break into people’s cars and houses.

Also, when you drive past you see a dish and fancy cars. I am sure a lot of them have a lot of money. Why is it so hard for the government to tell them: “Please pack up and go to the place where you came from”?

How and where did they grow up? Surely they did not come from planet Mars to live on Earth. They had a place. Why give up that place to come and disrupt other people?

I would never have complained about them, but I feel it is disgusting how they can just decide to protest and damage government property.

Please get the government to relocate them to avoid protesting happening, break-ins happening, destroying private property. The area looks like a run-down area as they take no pride in where they live. It is filthy.

Lucy, Mitchell’s Plain

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