Three families have been shut out of their homes in chaotic evictions at a social housing complex in Steenberg.
Social Housing Company, SOHCO, secured a court order to evict 22 families who owed a year’s worth of rent.
An apartment was torched and a security office was vandalised when residents clashed with police and private security at Steen Villa on Monday.
In a statement, the Social Housing Company says that the evictions follow unsuccessful attempts to resolve the rental dispute.
Ethelina Ngozi is one those affected.
She says that her financial situation took strain after her sister died.
“Our lawyers tell us, 'you can’t stay for free, you must just pay what you have'. I pay you but you still want to evict me?”
Ngozi claims that she has been in contact with the managing agents to work out a payment plan.
“Because I make arrangements everywhere, African Bank, school fees. It’s not like I don’t have that money at all.”
Nineteen families are still facing eviction.
This is the second time in a month that the social housing company - which manages the 700-unit development - has attempted to evict the families over the rental dispute.
Social housing is a state-subsidized affordable housing initiative for households that earn between R3,500 and R15,000 a month.
Rent is supposed to be capped at around 30% of household income.