Zille Rain resident stands by as his house is broken down
By Rhodé Marshall
9 July 2007
A 60-year-old man who has been living in an informal settlement in Grassy Park, since the age of three, stood watching as city police broke down his home.
David Tarentaal who has been living at the Zille Raine Heights for the last 57 years, passed on the shack to his daughter Lorraine Heunis, who now lives there with her children and grandchildren.
After more than 12 people were living in the shack, Tarentaal built a tiny room behind the shack. Soon after erecting the tiny room, ten vans of city police arrived to break down the shack.
“They produced no documentation at all and have been insolent and aggressive in their approach,” says Zille Raine Heights Residents Committee co-ordinator Lorraine.
Building the room came as a last resort as he has been on the housing waiting list for 30 years.