Ennerdale residents threaten land grab

Residents say they've been applying for housing for 20 years without any success.

FILE: Gauteng has been hit by a number of service delivery protests since the start of 2014. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Ennerdale residents in southern Johannesburg have threatened to grab land, saying they've been applying for housing for 20 years without any success.

Residents are demanding land to build houses and are back on the streets this morning barricading roads with burning tires.

Yesterday, a metro police officer and seven community members were injured during clashes over the issue.

Police claim residents pelted them with stones, but residents denied these claims.

One woman said residents won't give up until their demands were heard.

"We won't leave the area because we have been trying to get accommodation for over 20 years so we are taking it by force."

Residents are expected to march to their local municipal offices this morning under heavy police guard.

Police have advised motorists to avoid the area.


In Bekkersdal west of Johannesburg, residents said they will not allow the ANC to hold its planned rally ahead of the elections as they are still waiting for Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane to apologise to them.

During a service delivery protest last year, Mokonyane reportedly said that the ruling party doesn't need their "dirty votes".

Community leader Thabang Wesi said, "We don't want to see any bloodshed in the community. They must send the premier back to the township to apologise so that they can be welcomed like any other political party in South Africa."