Cape Argus

Res­i­dents urge city to buy Siqalo land

Owner ready to sell prop­erty along Jakes Ger­wel Drive

- Siyabonga Kalipa STAFF RE­PORTER siyabonga.kalipa@inl.co.za

RES­I­DENTS of Siqalo in­for­mal set­tle­ment along Jakes Ger­wel Drive out­side Mitchells Plain marched to the mayor’s of­fice yes­ter­day, to hand over proof that the land they have been liv­ing on for more than five years is up for sale.

A few hun­dred res­i­dents took trains into the city cen­tre and then marched to the Civic Cen­tre.

The res­i­dents have been un­able to re­ceive ba­sic ser­vices, such as wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion, be­cause the land they set­tled on is pri­vately owned.

How­ever, they brought two letters, one from the owner of the land and an­other from his lawyer, stat­ing the land was up for sale.

The res­i­dents want the city to pur­chase the land in order to ser­vice it for habi­ta­tion.

Res­i­dent El­liot Ndamase said they came to talk to the mayor be­cause they had been over­looked for years. He said they lived in bad con­di­tions be­cause they did not have any ser­vices.

“The city has been say­ing they can’t buy the land be­cause the owner says it’s not for sale, which is why they can’t give us ser­vices,” he said.

Ndamase said they be­came ill all the time be­cause they did not have wa­ter and toi­lets in the area.

He said af­ter res­i­dents found out the land was up for sale, they de­cided to march to see the mayor.

The march was peace­ful, but res­i­dents warned that should they not re­ceive a re­sponse by May 31, they would be back with more pro­test­ers.

An­other res­i­dent, Nolufefe Mali, said they wanted the land be­cause it was not used for any­thing and they were al­ready liv­ing on it.

She said all they wanted was ba­sic ser­vices be­cause the por­ta­ble toi­lets they were us­ing were un­hy­gienic.

The let­ter from the land owner, a com­pany called Ross De­mo­li­tion, read: “I, Robert Wil­iam Ross, be­ing the owner of the above-men­tioned prop­erty, hereby con­firm that I am pre­pared to sell my land as de­scribed above to any per­son or per­sons who may be in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing the land, whether Gov­ern­ment or Pri­vate.”

The res­i­dents also car­ried a sec­ond let­ter on a let­ter­head signed by F Khan, At­tor­ney at Law, which read: “Our client has in­structed us to in­form you that they are will­ing to sell the prop­erty to Gov­ern­ment or any other in­ter­ested party.”

Mayco mem­ber for hu­man set­tle­ments Bene­dicta van Min­nen said the mat­ter was still be­fore the court and there were a num­ber of is­sues that would need to be ex­am­ined. She said the city was not in a po­si­tion to com­ment on is­sues aris­ing from a court case. The owner of Ross De­mo­li­tion could not be reached be­cause he was out of the coun­try.

 ?? PIC­TURE: DAVID RITCHIE ?? NOW HEAR US: Andile Lili ad­dresses the crowd of Ses’khona Peo­ples Rights Move­ment mem­bers af­ter Siqalo in­for­mal set­tle­ment res­i­dents marched to the mayor’s of­fice yes­ter­day.
PIC­TURE: DAVID RITCHIE NOW HEAR US: Andile Lili ad­dresses the crowd of Ses’khona Peo­ples Rights Move­ment mem­bers af­ter Siqalo in­for­mal set­tle­ment res­i­dents marched to the mayor’s of­fice yes­ter­day.

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