Port Elizabeth- Residents of Ikamvelihle and Nu29 in Motherwell barricaded the R335 road with burning tyres and rubble on Wednesday. The disgruntled residents of Ikamvelihle and NU29 were angered by the forced evictions that took place over past two months between Wells Estate and NU29 residents.
The residents of NU29 were forcibly removed for allegedly illegally occupying land to build informal settlements. The angered residents are dissatisfied with the RDP houses that are inadequately build and fraudulently distributed to individuals that do not legally own them.
According to Nu29 resident and EFF activist Vulikhaya Phasiya, the residents of NU29 have taken a collective decision to occupy the land as the government is not making use of it.
“We will continue to occupy and build our shacks on that land because our children get raped and killed in that open field, we will be doing the government a favour.”
Local councillors attempted to negotiate with them, but they insisted that they wanted to be addressed by the Deputy Mayor, Mr Mongameli Bobani.
Ikamvelihle Station Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Nomsa Mtshagi noted with concern that the damaging of road surfaces of the R334 and R335 are causing driving hazards for road users which includes: community, businesses, tourism and emergency services such as ambulances, fire trucks and police vehicles.
“Our community has the right to protest, but where these protests pose harm to property and life the SAPS will need to act against perpetrators.” Said Colonel Nomsa.
Residents of Nu29 will continue with the protest actions on Friday – they are also demanding to see Executive Mayor Athol Trollip in order to hand over a memorandum of demands.