In Kanana Extension 3, Hammanskraal, residents such as Trevor Monaise have begun to build shacks for their families to live in. The government did not give them this land, they took it upon themselves to move in and start building.
Monaise states that out of pure desperation, he and the others grabbed the land to build homes for their families. “We are six at home and I have a child; I would like my child to have a roof over his head.”
Not everyone is sympathetic to Monaise’s plight though, as demonstrators took to the streets, furious that others had illigally occupied the land, earmarked for RDP housing.
The protesters accuse the local ward councillor Abram Marobane of engineering the land occupations by selling the stands, and marched to had over a memorandum of their grievances to him.
Marobane in turn has accused the protestors of ‘cheap politicking’ during the election period, stating that the protestors were going to be the beneficiaries of the RDP housing project. Despite this, Marobane promised to elevate their issues to Joshua Ngonyama, the MMC for housing and sustainable human settlement development in the city and further went on to condemn the illegal occupation of the stands and distanced himself from the illegal settlement. “I don’t want to associate myself with the place. I will never set foot there,” he said.To this Monaise retorts, “The other settlements in Hammanskraal were
started in the same way.”
The illegal land occupiers said they had grown impatient with the government, which was taking time to build them the RDP houses. They claimed to have applied for the houses a long time ago.