Calm before the storm
East Bank residents live in fear of each other.
Violence broke out in East Bank’s Fynbos 2 housing development after the Buffalo City Metro forcefully removed illegal dwellers in houses earmarked and approved for beneficiaries on Monday, for the second time this year.
As soon as the police left, the evicted residents came back to taunt the rightful owners who had just moved in. They broke windows, damaged furniture and manhandled women and children demanding their houses back. The violence continued into Wednesday morning with spells of brief attempts of intimidation with both groups carrying pangas, knives and other types of weapons.