Eldorado Park protesters want Makhura, Mashatile to address grievances
On Monday, several people were injured when police fired rubber bullets to disperse protesting groups and several shops were looted.
JOHANNESBURG – Eldorado Park residents are demanding to be addressed by Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile, and have threatened to continue with their protest until the officials visit the area.
At least 12 people have been arrested so far for public violence, while last night roads around the southern Johannesburg township were barricaded.
On Monday, several people were injured when police fired rubber bullets to disperse the groups and several shops were looted.
The 33-year-old Cleoressa Botha is one of 16 people who stay in a small one bedroom apartment in Eldorado Park.
Botha has joined the protest demanding that government gives her a piece of land to build a bigger house.
“Our two boys sleep on the couch and the other three on the floor. It’s very small, we can’t even move our furniture in the rooms because it’s very small.”
Marlene Loggenberg says she’s been on the waiting list for a subsidised house for over 30 years.
“They told me that my salary is too little for a bond and too much for an RDP house.”
Residents say land is available but is currently only being used as a dumping site.
The City of Joburg says there are a lot of housing related problems in the area and officials have been communicating with local leaders to address them.
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(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)