Endless battles for land

Pama Road in Site B was barricaded with stones and burning tryes during a housing protest last Friday.   PHOTO: unathi obose
Pama Road in Site B was barricaded with stones and burning tryes during a housing protest last Friday. PHOTO: unathi obose

Residents in S Section informal settlement in Site B have threatened to bring the area to standstill if the City continued to delayed the housing project in the area.

The remarks came after the residents had an agreement with the City to adjourn the service delivery protest following a public meeting held at the Site B Community Hall on Monday.

Irate shack dwellers took to the streets last Friday and barricaded Pama Road with stones and burning tyres, demanding houses.

Siviwe Sigudu, a community leader in the area, confirmed that they had reached an agreement with the City to go back to the drawing board.

“We gave them seven days to respond. They said there are open spaces for development within Khayelitsha, but not in our ward. So, the officials said they need to consult the councillors and see if they can accommodate us in their wards,” said Sigudu.

He said they’ve been engaging with the City to be relocated to new houses since 2013.

“We know that the space in S Section is not adequate for all of us, but we are willing to relocate to Atlantis as long we are going to get proper houses,” said Sigudu.

Sigudu, however, emphasised that if the City returned with a report that does not favour them, the protest will start again.

The City’s executive mayoral committee and Mayor’s representative for Area East, Anda Ntsodo said as the City’ will have a meeting with all the Khayelitsha councillors that still have land for housing development in their wards.

“We are looking for land within Khayelitsha and in the Cape Metro region for housing development.

The S Section residents gave us till next Thursday to come up with a way forward for development in their area,” said Ntsodo.

Ntsodo, however, said he was not at liberty to divulge which wards they were looking at. “First we speak to the councillors whose wards we have earmarked for development.”

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