Blikkiesdorp residents fed up

31 Jan

A group of Blikkiesdorp residents set tyres alight and barricaded parts of Symphony Way in protest over inadequate housing on Monday.

Police tried to disperse the crowd, but they demanded to see their ward councillor.

On Tuesday morning at least three metro police vehicles were patrolling the area, which had calmed down after Monday night.

Residents say they are fed up with their living conditions.

Jacqueline Hendricks said she would fight to get a house of her own.

“Some people have been on a housing waiting list for 29 years. We are tired of it and will fight for our houses.”

Anther resident, Ricardo Joshua, said people were frustrated and sick and tired of living in Blikkiesdorp.

“They are just dumping people here. (Premier Helen) Zille designed Blikkiesdorp and put up more shacks. When are we going to get out?” he asked.

Faldelah Damons said the city made promises, but nothing was ever done.

“Enough is enough. Children are warned by gang members and we don’t want violence. We don’t want to live in blikkies anymore.”

Shamiela Jassien said they lived in disgusting conditions.

“The toilets are disgusting and women have so many infections. We come here healthy and people leave here in a coffin. Blikkiesdorp is a health risk.”

Another resident said drains were blocked.

Marshell Wolhuter said: “

Crime is getting worse and children are becoming ill.”

Shameeg Damons said he had been living in the settlement for almost five years. “I have been on a housing waiting list for 10 years already.”

Ward 106 councillor Khayalethu Makeleni said he had held a meeting with residents.

“A committee from the community handed me a memorandum addressing all the issues last week.

“I will respond to the memorandum this weekend, after my meeting with the city council,” he said.

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Have your Say


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