‘Danny Jordaan has let us down’

Residents of the Danny Jordaan informal settlement, in front, from left, Tyron Kayser, Desmond Solomon and Brendon Billings, discuss conditions in their camp Picture: Brian Witbooi
Residents of the Danny Jordaan informal settlement, in front, from left, Tyron Kayser, Desmond Solomon and
Brendon Billings, discuss conditions in their camp
Picture: Brian Witbooi

They named their camp after then Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Danny Jordaan because he inspired them – but the 52 Bloemendal squatter families say the soccer boss let them down.

They have no access to electricity or sanitation.

One communal tap is shared among all the families.

Residents of the Danny Jordaan squatter camp were backyard shack dwellers in Bloemendal before moving onto the municipal land two years ago.

The shacks of the Danny Jordaan informal settlement in Bloemendal Picture: Brian Witbooi
The shacks of the Danny Jordaan informal settlement in Bloemendal
Picture: Brian Witbooi

A visit to the area revealed neatly built shacks numbered DJ 1 to DJ 52. Tyron Kayser, 37, said the area had been named after Jordaan because all camps in the Bay were named after politicians.

“Danny brought us the 2010 World Cup but he failed us. He promised we would be put on the [housing] database, but nothing happened.

“They make us use bucket toilets; they use us only to dump us,” Kayser said.

He said the community had decided to name the camp after Jordaan in July, a month before the elections.

The group hope desperately to get their names onto the municipal housing list.

Brendon Billings, who leads the group, said he had gone to Ward 37 councillor Neville Higgins’s office several times for help, but with no result.

Several attempts to reach Higgins for comment were unsuccessful.

For the full story read The Herald, or get the complete newspaper, including comics, classifieds, crosswords and back editions in our e-Edition.

banner-ad

Leave a Reply