17 meetings have been called on the Grassroot platform since the 12th March this year when the Freedom Park Back Dwellers Association along with SOPA, the Socialist Party of Azania first arranged to meet regarding the occupation of a piece known to Freedom Park residents as Enkomponi, next to the Golden Highway on the outskirts of Soweto.
On the 20th of March 2017, the Freedom Park Back Dwellers marched to the ANC headquarters, the Chief Albert Luthuli House in the Johannesburg CBD and handed in a memorandum party representative Babylon Xakethwa. The memorandum was informing the party of their plans to occupy the stretch of land known to them as Enkomponi. Two weeks after the memorandrum was handed, the back dwellers proceeded with the occupation and started pitching tents and building shacks.
Police presence all of a sudden escalated on the 4th of April 2017. Leadership within the collective engaged in talks with members of the SAPS who insisted that they had orders remove the occupiers along with their shacks from the land even after they were told that it is illegal to remove them from that land without a court order. The police officers resorted to using teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the gathered back dwellers. Abahlali base Freedom Park/SOPA is the biggest Grassroot group in existance.