Local hero reads Scrolla report and frees Alex’s 50 trapped residents

Everson Luhanga

18 days after 50 residents were locked into their compound in Alexandra by their neighbours, the wall has been demolished allowing them to come and go freely.

After Scrolla.Africa published the story on 24 June, the Chairperson of Committees from the Gauteng provincial legislature, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, took action and helped the neighbours strike a peace deal.

The dispute began on 13 June, when some of the locals got fed up hearing their neighbours’ footsteps outside their home. So they locked the neighbours into their compound.

For almost three weeks, they had to climb over a six-foot-high wall using a stepladder. But the wall was demolished on Thursday, with the help of Nkosi-Malobane.

“A community leader in Alexandra sent me the story link,” she said.

“When I read the story, I had to act.”

She went to the yard and spoke to the people who had closed the entry point.

“In the spirit of humanity they agreed to demolish the wall, giving full access to the yard,” said Nkosi-Malobane.

She said she is still working with the neighbours to find a permanent solution to the problem.

Gogo Anna Maseko, who was among the people who were trapped, said it felt like she had been released from prison.

“Imagine me jumping the walls. I am too old!” she said.

She said she never went out for three weeks as she was not able to climb over the wall.

Madala, Steven Hlongwani thanked Nkosi-Malobane for intervening. 

“We couldn’t even go out to our relatives or the shops or the clinics,” he said.

Rosinah Schaba said she is waiting for Nkosi-Malobane to strike that permanent deal with her neighbours.

Neighbour Danny Ndzondza jokingly told Scrolla.Africa: “The door is open, now. If I have a problem, I will call you as well.”