Police officers have been deployed to the southern Johannesburg as protests over illegal land occupation spread to more areas.
Residents in Kliptown and Protea South have joined communities from Lenasia South, Ennerdale, Zakariyya Park and Eldorado Park in voicing their anger and frustration.
Callers on the Eusebius McKaiser show discuss the situation.
I am a resident of Lenasia South, and I have seen videos of people from the informal settlement complaining that this is a racist thing. It is not actually a racist thing; it is all residents of Lenasia South coming together to stop the land invasions. Our crime rates have increased drastically in the area. I am even scared to send my kids to school because they get mugged on the road.— Dilshad, Caller
Florida is going to be the next Lenasia South. We have an illegal squatter camp called Jerusalem and it started with 150 shacks three years ago, now there are over a thousand shacks. Even a dustbin has currency in the squatter camps.— Zar, Caller
Why can't the state allow the army to go and assist the police? Why can't that they utilise them to protect the lives of the people?— Raymond, Caller
I am fully behind the residents who are fighting against the mushrooming of shacks all over the show. This amounts to lawlessness. We know there is poverty but really we can't condone lawlessness.— Joseph, Caller
@Eusebius I sympathise with both parties and feel deeply sad on how the state has failed all SA'ns, esp the poor. A drive in townships expose the total breakdown of municipalities & local govt. Filth & rocks on roadsides = service delivery protests signs... #TotalBreakdown— Nelly B (@Nelly17430812) July 19, 2019
@Eusebius It's cute how some of your listeners think living in a squatter camp is a choice that people can avoid just because they have means to organise corrugated iron, wood, and nails. #702openline— Sabelo Skiti (@Subz_84) July 19, 2019
Joseph is missing the point. So the homeless are supposed to wait for five years? Go register for houses like they have not done that before and have been on those lists for years. Hayi suka man! @Eusebius #702OpenLine— Nkosi (@nkosi___) July 19, 2019
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