Londiwe Xulu
journalist
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12 Dec 2021
14:09

“Either we leave here with keys to our houses or in coffins” – Military Vets

Londiwe Xulu

Sounds of gunshots echoed around Pietermaritzburg's Aloe Ridge flats on Sunday morning where a group military veterans blocked all the access routes refusing to be evicted.

Sounds of gunshots echoed around Pietermaritzburg’s Aloe Ridge flats on Sunday morning where a group military veterans blocked all the access routes refusing to be evicted.

Some gathered with community members outside the complex’s main gate singing struggle songs while the police watched on from a safe distance.

The military vets commander in KwaZulu-Natal, Thamsanqa Sithole, said they had an agreement with the government that they would all get houses.

“The promise was that everyone living the flats will be moving from here to their house. Now we are told that we being evicted and yet no one has been given a key to their house,” said Sithole.

Sithole said they were not leaving the flats.

“Either we leave here with keys to our houses or in coffins,” he said.

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlement spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya, said a meeting has been convened to address all outstanding issues in the interests of all role-players.

“We thank the Minister of Human Settlements Mmamoloko Kubayi who is currently meeting with us today in Pietermaritzburg. Her involvement in this matter is an indication of bold leadership on the part of national government,” he said on Sunday afternoon.

There are more than 260 military veterans living at Aloe Ridge. Numerous attempts by the flats’ management, Capital City Housing, to evict them have not been successful.

  • This is a developing story.