THEY saw an open piece of land and thought they had finally found their home.
However, the squatters were disappointed when they were chased away just before they occupied the land.
On Wednesday morning, angry residents of Zenzele squatter camp in Endicott, outside Ekurhuleni, took to the streets, demanding land.
They blocked the road with burning tyres and said they wanted officials to address them.
They said they have been living on dolomite and wetland for years while land that could be given to them was sold. They said they heard the land had been sold to a mining company and warned they would not vote in May.
Dipuo Kgole said she had been living in the squatter camp for 10 years.
“When it rains, water comes into my shack. This is not good for our health. Dust is something you cannot control or run away from. My kids are constantly sick because they inhale it. I just want a proper home,” she said.
Nkosi September said what made them angry was that corrupt officials kept selling land.
Lesedi mayor Lerato Maloka said: “People can’t just move there. RDP houses have to be built before they can go there.
“There is a project happening on that land but it has just been delayed.
“We sent a committee to talk to the residents.”