Eldorado Park land grabbers call on Miss SA for help

Residents say they’re illegally occupying an open field because the area is being used by criminals.

FILE: Eldorado Park resident Dawid Stevenson clears a vacant plot of land where he plans to build his home. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police are in Eldorado Park to halt the illegal occupation of an open piece of land by people who are demanding houses from government, but community members are fighting back and have called on new Miss South Africa, Liesl Laurie, to help them.

The Eldorado Park Civic Association says about 4,000 people have already expressed their interest in claiming a piece of land which is on a field suspected of being used for crime.

On Friday, residents started clearing parts of the land and yesterday held another meeting about how to proceed.

Eldorado Park resident Dawid Stevenson called on the new Miss South Africa for help.

"She can assist us, she is Miss South Africa, she has to assist us. If you look at Soweto's upgrades, main roads, facilities and houses, there are houses in Kliptown. All around Eldorado Park, why don't they build for us?"

The residents say they're illegally occupying an open field because the area is being used by criminals.

Local resident Andy Everts says they should be allowed to stay on the land.

"There is a lot of crime happening in extension six. So it will be better if they just build houses for us and secure this place and the children."

But the City of Johannesburg's Daniel Bovu says they can't tolerate land invasions.

"We will not allow the land grabbing or illegal occupation of land. If these people attempt to invade we'll have no choice but to remove them with all means that we have."

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