15 April 2019

South Africa: We Want the Truth - Frustration Overflows As Freedom Park Demands Answers About Status of Land

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On Monday 15 April several areas saw protest action erupt, including impoverished Freedom Park near Eldorado Park in Johannesburg, as residents take advantage of electioneering season to get their voices heard.

The Freedom Park community near Eldorado Park wants authorities to explain the status of a piece of land called Southern Farm. The land was apparently earmarked for a number of community development projects such as RDP houses and rental flats but the development, according to irate residents, has stalled.

On Monday 15 April, their frustrations spilt out on to the street.

"We are told the mayor (Herman Mashaba) is stalling meetings with other stakeholders in government," said Thabang Makhele, one of the leaders of the Freedom Park Shutdown Committee.

"Please understand that we don't want to be judgemental. That is why we want the three authorities to come here and explain the current status of the land and approved projects. These are the city of Johannesburg, the Minister and the province.

"We do not want to be seen as people who are taking sides, we want the three authorities to come and tell us what happened to the projects. We want accountability. We want the truth," Makhele said.

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