The recent protests which have rocked the Southern parts of Johannesburg, more specifically the Coloured townships of Eldorado Park and Ennerdale, should not be looked at in isolation. The organisation and mobilisation of this largely unemployed, marginalised, and erased people have been a recurring trend across Johannesburg, from Reiger Park to Westbury. They pertain primarily to two matters, a “housing” crisis and the issue of criminality.
A few years ago Laurie Owen was attacked in her Kyalami, Johannesburg home.
Returning from dinner one early Friday evening, she walked down her driveway to find three men waiting for her at the bottom of the stairs.