Illegal land grabs continue in Eldorado Park
4,000 people have already marked off areas in the field where they plan to build houses.
JOHANNESBURG - Illegal land grabs are going ahead in Eldorado Park for a fourth consecutive day with so-called backyard dwellers dividing up an open field next to a primary school among themselves.
The action is being led by the Greater Eldorado Park Civic Association, which says 4,000 people have already marked off areas in the field where they plan to build houses.
The people taking part in the land grab are mostly residents from extension six, who say they've been waiting for RDP houses for more than 10 years.
Men and women with spades and pitchforks have been seen moving between the tall grasses on the open piece of land opposite the Cavendish Primary School.
One of the men is Dawid Stevenson, who started clearing his piece of land on Friday, and says he's doing it because he's tired of waiting.
"We even fought for Mandela and all the [African National Congress] ANC guys to be released, but what did we get out of it? We don't get the houses, nothing from these people. We voted for the ANC, and they treat us like we are nothing."
Greater Eldorado Park Civic Association Chairman, Don Reese, says people decided to launch the land grabs because they feel neglected by the state.
"We are treated like the step-children of this country."
The residents have already met with the local ward councillor and say they are prepared to defend the land if metro police are called in to remove them.
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