- DA ward councillor has come forward and said that land invaders must get jobs rather than illegal claiming land
- Angus took to Twitter to express his frustrations round the violent actions due to illegal squatting
- The DA are losing voters due to this debacle
A DA ward councilor has passed a comment on social media that has landed himself in hot water. Only a day after violent protests erupted again over land, he stated that the people involved in the violent protesting and those invading land should use the same passion to educate themselves.
As violent protests flare up again at Parkwood on Monday, police have maintained a strong presence.
A field next to Prince George Drive is the land residents of Parkwood are attempting to occupy illegally.
“We have been promised houses and that’s what we want, we need a place to stay,” said resident Francis Daniels.
Cars were stoned, tyres burnt and there was intimidation towards the police on Monday. Road closures had to be put in place.
“We have been on the waiting list for eight years and we are fed-up with this,” Daniels said.
Taking to social media, DA ward councilor for Bonteheuwel vented his frustration.
Angus McKenzie posted on Facebook: “If only these land invaders and protesters would have the same passion and determination to educate themselves and find a job, they may actually be in a position to buy their own homes and not be dependent on someone else.”
A Facebook user Muxe Ndzeru said: “Have you ever stayed in a backyard? Do you know how many graduates are out there without jobs? Just because your lights is bright doesn’t mean people are lazy out (sic), they are not lucky or fortunate like you. Count your words, brother.”
Another user, Rod Solomon, said: “Do you know what you are saying here? Shew.”
Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela will be visiting the area today. Madikizela said: “I don’t think anyone is wrong here. He must be challenged by people and that has happened.
"I partly agree with him and in some respects I don’t agree with him. Many people were historically disadvantaged and we know why.
“But it will be impossible for the government to deliver houses for everyone. I don’t think young people should be protesting for houses, they should be out there protesting for jobs. We will take care of the most vulnerable.”
Madikizela did comment that there would be no disciplinary action taken against him.
After a rude awakening, houses of residents were dismantled by law enforcement in the early hours of Monday morning.
Briefly.co.za learnt that plots were all shacks were erected were marked out by residents.
“We are not animals we are human beings we didn’t deserve to be treated like that,” said Jade de Vee. What initially started out as a “peaceful protest” on Sunday turned violent after protesters had thrown petrol bombs and also hurled stones at police officers. The protest is believed to be over a housing dispute.
This action has proven detrimental to the DA as residents have vowed to no longer vote for them. “I have lost my faith in the party if this is how they treat people of colour,” said Daniels.
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