East Bank houses petrol-bombed
Up to 15 houses were petrol bombed as violence broke out in East Bank’s Fynbos 2 housing development on Wednesday afternoon. Since Monday Buffalo City Metro has been forcefully removing over 500 illegal dwellers in houses that have been earmarked and approved for beneficiaries.
The evicted families have been occupying the houses for between a year to three years, while beneficiaries waited in shacks and temporal housing structures in Scenery Park and the surrounds. Illegal dwellers claim that they have also been on the waiting list for between 20 and 30 years. They claim that the Metro is prioritising Xhosa people over people of colour.
According to Samkelo Ngwenya, spokesperson for the Buffalo City Metro, “Evictions are still underway, the police are monitoring the situation and a report will be compiled tomorrow (Thursday) on failures and successes of the evictions. The settlements will be assessed as the project was not yet completed. Once the contractor is finished, rightful owners will occupy their houses. The law will take its course in dealing with those that are disrupting the process.”
A father of six, Neville Rooi (30), who had illegally occupied a house for a year said he was packing his belongings and getting ready to move out when his house was bombed on Wednesday. The house was the first to go down and he suffered minor burns on his back.
“We are gonna have to kill each other after this. They want to burn us alive. When white people ruled, we suffered, when blacks are ruling, we still suffer. Why are we always the neglected child?”
The police and firefighters are on the scene calming the situation down.