Legal battle to keep humble homes

 

FEW HOME COMFORTS: Margaret Moos and her disabled daughter, Leaticia, 17, sit outside their shack at Parsonsvlei. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA
FEW HOME COMFORTS: Margaret Moos and her disabled daughter, Leaticia, 17, sit outside their shack at Parsonsvlei. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA

THEY are used to living without the most basic of services, sometimes trekking up to 3km for water and standing on roadsides looking for piece jobs every day.

The close-knit Parsonsvlei community near Kabega Park make do with no water or electricity but the 117 permanent residents who live in cramped shacks do not know how they will survive if they are evicted from the area. Some have lived there for more than 60 years.

Nestled between Kabega and Malabar behind the newly built Curro School, the Parsonsvlei area residents were first told in 2011 that the land on which they had built their shacks was private property and they would have to move because it had been sold to a Cape Town company, Power Construction, part of the Power Group. – Thulani Gqirana

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