Political analyst, Somadoda Fikeni, says queue jumping may become an issue of contention should the City of Johannesburg forge ahead with their decision to rebuild shacks along the Jukskei River in Alexandra.
Residents of Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, are planning another round of protests against the rebuilding of the shacks – where they were previously demolished.
Demonstrations began last month, with residents voicing concerns over a lack of service delivery and corruption.
Fikeni has questioned the decision to rebuild structures at the start of the winter season.
“Those Alex residents are saying there is a list that has been there for years for people who wanted structures built for them. If you take the recently constructed ones and you say I am going to rebuild, they claim you are jumping the queue. It is a human rights issue for them as well as it was an ill-timed human rights issue for the demolition of the current ones. What’s worse is this is timed around the winter time, I don’t know why.”