Evicted Gqeberha community labels temporary housing ‘a living hell’

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Residents of Parsonsvlei in Gqeberha who say they were evicted in 2014 for a housing development with a promise of being built houses for on another piece of land say they are still waiting for the houses.

They were given temporary structures which they say are a living hell, as they have no basics and they have become victims of crime.

The residents were evicted by a private developer, with the Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality allegedly promising to build them houses.

One of the residents, Jason Potgieter, says they live in constant fear.

“It is not good here at the moment. Where we used to stay was so much better. We struggled for nothing and had easy access to shops. But here the shops are so far away and when you go to the shops you get robbed. I don’t have any electricity in my house; no water and we live in constant fear of being killed, by the gangsters that move up and down here, in a constitutional country.”