#LiveWire "We want land" - Freedom Park Residents


Just a day before South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day in 2017,  angry residents from Freedom Park informal settlement converged outsideChief Albert Luthuli House in Johannesburgin the early of the morning to deliver a memorandum of demands.

Chanting song and raising placards in the air with slogans "We want Our Land".

According to the organizer and member of Freedom Park Back Dwellers Association, Thabang Makhele,the main purposeof the march is to fight for the rights.

" We are tired of all the broken promises because ANC got over 12 000 votes from us in the previous elections but things are still the same in Freedom Park.  We don''t have sufficient land to build and some people are forced to share and become tenants,"

Makhele went further to explain that as the community they had to come up with a solution.

" There is a huge vacant space in our area and we saw it as an opportunity to take it over. We know that President Jacob Zuma said people should be given their land. On the 24th of this month we are taking our land and we don't want any disruptions from JMPD and the public order police ".

Nozipho Magengelele (88) " Im renting a shack with my 10 grandchildren and we all depend on my pension.  I would like the government to build us a proper house before I die", lamented Magengelele.

Simon Nkosi ( 56) " My RDP house was approved last year but when you go to their offices they always tell to come back next week or that their system is not working.  I'm renting in a back yard and I pay R400 every month",  he said.

The memorandum was received by Babylon Xakethwa, who is the manager at Luthuli House. 

" We have received the memorandum and we will make sure to give it to the right people who will be able to handle the matter ", said Xakethwa.


Story by Esau Dlamini

 Thabang Makhele reading out the memorandum.

Thabang Makhele reading out the memorandum.

 Babylon Xeketwana of the ANC receiving the memorandum.

Babylon Xeketwana of the ANC receiving the memorandum.