RESIDENTS of Motswaledi squatter camp in Soweto were tired of watching empty RDP houses being vandalised.
On Sunday they decided to allocate the houses themselves and moved in.
But yesterday they were forced out by the Metro police.
The cops moved from one house to another, kicking down doors and throwing out furniture.
The residents claimed the police damaged doors and windows, and their furniture.
“How can the government build houses and its people destroy them?
“Why can’t they let us live in peace so that government money doesn’t go to waste,” asked a furious resident.
Gogo Nomonde Soyeye (66) said she moved into an RDP house because she had been living in a shack for the past 25 years.
“I don’t want to die in a shack. I’ve got a right to a house because I pay tax.”
She said there were people who were allocated houses about two weeks ago. “Those people paid R1 000 to be given those houses. Those who don’t have money were sidelined.
“That’s why we decided enough is enough and moved into the houses illegally.”
Gogo Nomonde said the police wouldn’t kill their spirit. “We are going back into those houses,” she said.
JMPD spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar confirmed the eviction.
He said they were asked by the department of housing to intervene and get rid of the people who had moved in. These weren’t the first houses to be built and left to be vandalised.
In Dube and Mzimhlophe hostels, flats were built but no one was living in them and they were also damaged as cited by Daily Sun.
Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Paul Mashatile, visited the hostels at the beginning of this year and promised that they would be renovated and people allocated to live in them.