The City washes its hands and feels righteous. More than 10 000 people have lived here for over a decade. They feel more than aggrieved at the lack of services: power, water, sanitation, land. A Street Talk film, about to be released, sees locals speak of their plight.
National Parks says this is no wetland at all. It was compromised (ended) over 10 years ago due to urbanisation from all sides. They call it an (urban) reed bed with little, if any, environmental value.
The City has failed to acknowledge this for a reason. I suspect they don’t like the people of Masi. Yes, I suggest that race and class are at the root of this, and indeed, Masi does not vote DA. Masi’s services deteriorate each year.
After years of trying, in November 2017 the City was coerced into signing a settlement agreement by the public protector, the Human Rights Commission and Masiphumelele leadership, and former mayor Patricia de Lille.