Residents of Johannesburg Ennerdale march against land invasion
(Photo, residents of Ennerdale marching, Picture by EBNewsDaily/Fatima Julius)
By Fatima Julius
Members of the Ennerdale United Concerned Residents Association, marched to the Ennerdale Police Station, to hand over a memorandum to City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba. The list of grievances was received by Philemon Mnisi from the Mayor’s office on 26 July.
The motive behind the peaceful protest, was to engage the government to take drastic measures against illegal occupation of land. Slogans such as “down with shacks”, “no more cable theft”, became the order of the day.
The association’s spokesperson Arthur Fitzgibbon, said residents of Ennerdale were affected by the Informal Settlement adjacent to their bond houses in Extension 9. “We want them to be forced out of that land. The value of our properties has gone down. Illegal electricity connections, theft and house-breaking are on the rise, as a result of shack dwellers,” said Fitzgibbon.
A resident of Extension 4 Informal Settlement who wanted to remain anonymous, disputed the spokesperson’s claims. He said they are not connecting electricity illegally, as they use paraffin stoves and candles. The Extension 4 resident also mentioned that the Ennerdale community is the one that is fighting them for nothing.
“They came here on Friday 19 July and shot one of our community member. Fortunately he did not die. We are also human beings and deserve a shelter over our heads. Besides that, this piece of land was given to us by the government,” said the man.
The Mayor’s representative promised to give a feedback to the Ennerdale community, within a period of seven days.