The residents of both Ivory Park as well as Rabie Ridge are at war with shack dwellers over land, which is allegedly earmarked for development.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) are monitoring the situation in Rabie Ridge and Ivory Park in the City of Johannesburg. The residents blocked roads in the early hours of Saturday, 27 April 2019, and the situation forced police to remove the shacks which have been mushrooming in the past two weeks.
Political Analysis South Africa (PASA) reported two weeks ago that residents were demonstrating against the shack dwellers in the area, this because they believe that the value of their mortgage bonds/houses would drastically decline due to the shacks. The residents also decry shack dwellers not paying for services such as water, electricity and garbage collection.
Patrick Mogale is a resident from Rabie Ridge, he says that the open space grabbed by shack dwellers is earmarked to build a shopping mall for the residents. “Shopping malls [are] a development initiative because [they] increase the value of our property and young unemployed will be working in those malls, those malls will also create business for transport services and it means that we won’t travel far to get our favourite outlets,” said Mogale.
Police Spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said they were monitoring the situation in Rabie Ridge and Ivory Park, he further said that their role was to ensure that no life was in danger and no property would be damaged.
Mpho Makoela is one of the shack dwellers who spoke to PASA, she is a mother of two young girls, “I was staying in Tembisa with my distant relatives, I then came here with my family because we identified land which is not used but these people are fighting us. This land has been here for many years without anyone using it, we also have right to this land,” says Makoela.
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