Housing disputes see families locked out

LEFT OUT: Miena Mapoe, 51, left, Valerie Hart, 39, centre, and Daphne Malgas, 50, outside one of the shipping containers in Korsten they are using as homes. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE
LEFT OUT: Miena Mapoe, 51, left, Valerie Hart, 39, centre, and Daphne Malgas, 50, outside one of the shipping containers in Korsten they are using as homes. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE

DISPUTES over housing in Korsten and Schauderville in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas are causing major concerns just days before the national elections.

Tension between ward councillors, backyard dwellers and the Korsten-Schauder street action committee over the newly-built municipal houses in Roos Street drove families to tears at the weekend.

When Roos Street housing beneficiary Daphne Malgas, 50, and two other families living in containers in the informal Kamma Park off Highfield Road packed their belongings to finally move into their municipal houses in Roos Street, their homes were already occupied. – Alvené du Plessis

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