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By unknown | Mar 24, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Zinhle Mapumulo

Disgruntled residents of Alexandra have hijacked more than 700 unfinished RDP houses in the River Park area.

The takeover started on Friday and is set to continue until all the members of Vukuzenzele Crisis Committee (VCC), as the hijackers call themselves, have occupied them.

Frieda Dlamini, chairperson of VCC, said: "The takeover of houses will not stop until all our members have a roof over their heads.

"We are tired of waiting for government to tell us who is going to get an RDP house and when. These houses were built last year and are still empty," she said.

"The council knows that flash floods wreaked havoc in Alexandra recently and no shelter was provided for the victims. People have no option but to take over houses that have been standing empty for months."

Police had to be deployed to River Park on Sunday to disperse a crowd that had illegally gathered there.

Dlamini said the police warned them against holding an illegal gathering.

"They said the council was meeting about the takeover and would address the issue soon. They did not tell us to move out or stop occupying the houses. We are waiting for the council to come and address us."

Mandla Sidu of the Gauteng department of housing said: "We condemn the illegal occupation of houses and those found to have done so will face the law."

He said the department would investigate the issue.

Meanwhile, angry residents of Eldorado Park met yesterday to discuss the City of Johannesburg's decision to force them to rent the flats they had been occupying for more than 30 years. They say they deserve to be owners.


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