Residents threaten bucket protest over housing land

Yoliswa Sobuwa

 TENSE MEETING: Angry residents of New Brighton informal settlement Qaqawuli, led by an upset Mcebisi Zantsi, confront committee chairman for safety and security Thembinkosi Mafana yesterday. There have now been assurances that development will be begin 'soon'.  Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN
TENSE MEETING: Angry residents of New Brighton informal settlement Qaqawuli, led by an upset Mcebisi Zantsi, confront committee chairman for safety and security Thembinkosi Mafana yesterday. There have now been assurances that development will be begin ‘soon’. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

ANGRY residents of an informal settlement threatened to empty their bucket toilets at a ward councillor’s office if an agreement to sell land for housing was not settled urgently.

The land on which shacks are built at Qaqawuli in New Brighton belongs to Transnet, which has indicated it is prepared to transfer the land. But a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the parastatal and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is waiting to be signed.

“We have been staying in Qaqawuli for more than 20 years. We are sick and tired of political people who are after our votes whereas we are staying in a swamp,” community leader Mcebisi Zantsi said yesterday.

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