PEOPLE in Ivory Park, Tembisa, Ekurhuleni are gatvol of being backroom dwellers!

They want government to give them land. “If we can’t get houses from government, then give us land and we can build for ourselves,” said one resident.

About a thousand residents took to the streets on Friday. They marched peacefully, wearing T-shirts with the words: “Together Advancing Landless People’s Power” written on them.

Cliff Chabalala is one of the community members who says they have lost hope.

“We can’t be backroom dwellers forever. Where are our children going to go? We’ve been waiting for houses for as long as we can remember and now we are tired,” he said.

In Bekkersdal, west of Gauteng, residents of Panya Panya section also took to the streets. They said they had been without electricity for an entire month.

Jacobeth Diale (70) told Daily Sun: “We are here to show our anger. Why is the municipality not giving people in squatter camps electricity?

“These people are connecting from our box illegally and we are the ones who suffer,” said Jacobeth.

Rand West City spokesman Tshidiso Tlharipe said they discouraged illegal connections. “We’ve submitted a business plan to Eskom and have received a response. Eskom has requested a list of informal areas to fast track the process of electrification,” said Tlharipe.

The ANC Women’s League marched on Saturday for an end to violence against women and children. The march started from Motswaledi squatter camp in Soweto and ended at Moroka Police Station, where a memorandum was handed over to Captain Thuso Mokoena.

Women’s League representative Nokuthula Shabangu said: “We need to put a stop to the abduction and killing of women. The only way is by working with the police.”

Source: Daily sun