Members of the neighbourhood watch in NU2 in Mdantsane,who will appear in court again on Tuesday, 7 September, enjoyed community support when they appeared in court last week Thursday.
Tension is brewing between informal settlements and those who live in brick houses in East London over illegal electricity connections.
Residents see no way else to get rid of their rubbish than to dump it because no truck will be coming to collect it.
Informal settlement residents continue to reconnect themselves to the electricity grid after the municipality disconnects their illegal supply.
Four years on, after the project to build houses started at Unit P township in Mdantsane, residents still label the RDP housing development as a “project of corruption”.
Residents of Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality use the Mayor’s report back to lash out at the City for lack of service delivery, especially in informal settlements.
Mdantsane is known for its love of sport, especially boxing and rugby, but a small audit of the facilities proves that they are in a poor state.
Mdantsane, the second biggest township in South Africa, is located between East London and King William’s town. “MDA” as it’s referred to by those who live in it, was established in the late 1960’s as a result of the East Bank/West Bank forced removal of residents, who were separated by the Buffalo River. Under the reign of white dominance, the native people fought a number of battles protecting their land, but they were defeated and driven off the river banks. Mdantsane was built as a concentration camp, where white industries draw labour, and enslave black people to keep their businesses running at low cost.