Angry informal residents resist eviction

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RESIDENTS at two informal settlements fought their eviction from land in Parsonsvlei and Chatty yesterday.

In Parsonsvlei, a sheriff of the court who arrived to effect an eviction order was involved in a standoff with councillor Trevor Louw, who requested that stakeholders negotiate before residents were evicted.

This was after it emerged that a 65-yearold resident, Jackie Daniels, who died last week, would be buried in the informal settlement on Saturday.

“This is a human right issue, not political. We want to get clear direction and negotiate before the people are evicted,” Louw said.

But the officers of the court proceeded to remove personal belongings from the first shack and residents then went into their dwellings to pack before a bulldozer demolished their homes.

A total of 54 families, some of whom had lived in the area for 60 years, were evicted from the privately owned land.

This followed a ruling by the Port Elizabeth High Court in September that ordered the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to move the residents to Malabar.

-Hendrick Mphande

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