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‘Renegades’ shacks must go’

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“We have kept to our end of the bargain. Now this lot comes in and wants to destroy what we have been waiting for all these years.”

FURIOUS: Residents in Begonia Street, Roodepan, are furious after renegades moved onto the piece of land which the municipality has promised would be receiving basic services should there not be any more shanties erected. Picture: Supplied

“NO RENEGADES are going to jeopardise our chances of getting basic services,” a Begonia Street shack dweller in Roodepan said yesterday.

The woman said that the Sol Plaatje Municipality had promised that residents would receive some basic services such as water, taps and toilets on the condition that no more shacks are erected in the area.

“We have kept to our end of the bargain. Now this lot comes in and wants to destroy what we have been waiting for all these years.”

She added that the new people “obviously don’t know the process to follow in order to ensure they have an erf” and be part of the housing development project.

“They need to apply for an erf number and only when this has been allocated can they start erecting their shacks. Some residents living here had to wait a long time to be allocated an erf number. Who are they to just want to come in and start erecting their shacks?”

She said that what infuriated the residents even more was that “the renegades” told them, “We are ANC members and nobody is going to tell us what to do.”

“This is not a political battle,” the resident reiterated, “We just don’t want our chances of basic services jeopardised because of a handful of people.”

According to the residents, the Ward 1 councillor and some of the committee members, including the chairperson and secretary, as well as the Sol Plaatje Municipality’s newly-elected Speaker, Persone Oliphant, visited the area.

The residents welcomed their presence as the shacks were demolished. “We just hope that the situation now remains as is and no more shacks are erected.”

The municipality failed to respond to media enquiries.