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Tear gas, rubber bullets fired in Howell Road evictions

Residents being evicted from their homes in Sydenham's Howell Road in Durban say they have nowhere to go. 

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Jarryd Subroyen

They say they are waiting for the eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede to find them alternative accommodation.

"There were bullets in the morning, we were running for our lives. We shouldn't be living like this in South Africa. It's wrong," one resident says.  

"They came to do the evictions, and SAPS fired a couple of rounds. When everything was solved, they were the ones that said they did not fire any rounds. At least, we have got one of the canisters written SAPS on it," another resident adds. 

"They kicked my door open, came inside without a search warrant and released tear gas into the house," another home-owner says. 

Residents were served eviction notices earlier this month. 

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They claim they are being forced to pay rent for RDP housing. 

First Metro Housing - which manages the housing project - says the units at Howell Road are for rental purposes.

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