Chatty land invaders fight eviction order

ALMOST a year after they invaded land meant to build 1 050 RDP houses in Chatty Extension, about 600 families who are facing eviction refuse to move until the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality provides them with alternative land while they wait for houses.

The former backyard dwellers invaded the land in May last year, saying they could not afford to pay rent to their landlords any longer.

Land invasion has become a common occurrence in the city in recent years and has led to violent protests as residents refuse to leave when evicted through the courts.

Before invading the land the residents lived in Chatty, Phola Park, Greenfields and Vastrap.

The Qunu informal settlement residents have vowed not to vacate the land after reportedly being warned last week by city officials and police they would have to move this week.

They want the metro to relocate them to serviced sites. They say they comprise about 600 families.

Yesterday, a group of about 100 people said they had registered for RDP houses, some as far back as 10 years ago, but to no avail.

Ntombizodwa September, 31, said they had nowhere else to go because the houses they rented before were now occupied by others.

Human settlements executive director Lindile Petuna said the residents were supposed to have been evicted in November last year.

If negotiating with them did not yield results by next month, the city would have to evict them.

-Mkhululi Ndamase 

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