M’well families’ despair

Mkhululi Ndamase and Rochelle de Kock

A VOLITILE stand-off between the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality and about 200 displaced Motherwell families has entered its fourth week as the residents dig in their heels, opting to continue living on a nearby sports field and refusing to adhere to the city’s instruction to register for housing.

The group of about 500 residents, who have been sleeping in changing rooms and on the sports fields at the NU11 Stadium in Motherwell, aredemanding houses but the municipality is refusing to give in, saying they need to be registered on the housing lists.

The situation in Motherwell has turned violent in recent weeks, with all four of the township’s ward councillors living in fear after violent attacks, allegedly by the disgruntled group. Councillor Aaron Nyikilana’s house and vehicle were torched and he was also attacked by a group of knife-wielding men on Saturday.

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