An Eastern Cape land occupation in Khayelitsha, Uitenhage, which started a month ago had seen over 200 shacks erected by Thursday morning. The occupation is taking place beside several busy roads (Kiva, Cushe, Mabi, Gqabi and Sonto streets).
The shacks have been squeezed onto any available open land in the area. “We have now decided to be neighbours of cows and pigs. We live among kraals and pigsties,” said a land occupant who did not wish to give their name.
Many shacks are on land up against the face-brick New Apostolic Church on the corner of Mabi and Cushe Streets. Lizo Kilani from the church said, “We at church are happy … We have had break-ins with church equipment being stolen frequently. In the most recent break-in, thugs stole the sound system speakers worth R10,000 … We therefore appreciate the presence of these people and hope there will be no theft.
” Zongezile Djantjies occupied the land three weeks ago. He said the family’s RDP house was overcrowded. “I am the eldest of four brothers, and we all stay with our parents in a four-roomed RDP house.
” “We have now instructed people that if they like a certain piece of land, they must easily occupy it,” said Lukhanyo Banana, chairperson of the land occupiers.