First published by GroundUp
Violent protests have continued in Motherwell following mass evictions that began two weeks ago and restarted on Monday. Hundreds of shacks were demolished in NU29 and NU30 sections this week.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality recently obtained a court order instructing the office of the sheriff to carry out evictions.
After shacks were demolished in iKamvelihle, municipal and other vehicles were attacked and torched.
On Monday, police conducted an early morning raid at 03:00 and arrested 12 residents of Ehlovini settlement in Wells Estate on charges of public violence. According to the police, 30 tyres, 18 petrol bombs and a 5-litre can of petrol were confiscated.
Protesters are demanding houses. Thokozile Soporo, whose shack was demolished in iKamvelihle, said she has been on the housing list since 2007.
“I don’t like to live the life of a squatter. It is inhuman and very humiliating, because the place does not have toilets, water or electricity. I know of many people who applied for a house after me, but they are already living in their houses,” she said.
“The municipality should tell us the truth. We know that some of the house beneficiaries do not qualify to have houses because they are not poor people but work for government. I will wait for the police to leave this place, then I will have to rebuild again. I have ...........