Alex evictees appeal to govt for housing
Over 25 families evicted from a plot in Alexandra say govt must answer for the lack of housing.
JOHANNESBURG - More than 25 families evicted from a plot in Alexandra said government must answer for the lack of housing in the northern Johannesburg township.
About 100 residents, who illegally occupied the plot of land on 1st Avenue for more than a decade, were forcibly removed yesterday.
Red Ants line up during an eviction in Alexandra. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.
With a cold front forecast for Gauteng this week, dozens of evictees say they have nowhere to go.
Resident Patrick Mogale said the owner of the land on which he and his family have been squatting defrauded residents of money.
"We used to pay rent but stopped because we weren't receiving basic services then the land owner decided to run away."
Evicted Alexandra residents rummage through a pile of their belongings. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.
Eyewitness News understands the owner of the plot obtained an eviction order in 2011, but failed several times to enforce it.
Mogale said residents are angry at being evicted just weeks after casting their ballots.
"We have no place to go. Just imagine after voting."
Residents appealed to government to help them find somewhere to live.
The belongings of evicted Alexandra residents lie in a pile. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.