PREPARATION work by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for an RDP housing development in Motherwell was disrupted by an angry mob yesterday.
The group of residents said they were frustrated by empty promises of housing and had decided to occupy the vacant land near Tyinira Road.
Residents dragged poles, zinc and other equipment yesterday morning to the open land to start building shacks.
Motherwell resident Simphiwe Dayimani, who is a member of a committee set up by residents to find a solution to their housing problems, addressed the crowd of more than 300 people.
He said the municipal officials at the housing unit were dishonest because they had failed to adhere to an agreement to address them about their concerns.
"We will not go anywhere until they address us. We have taken a decision that we will occupy this land. We will build here. If they remove us forcefully, we will also use force and build our houses.
"We have voted for a better life, but nothing is happening," Dayimani said.
The acting director of social development, education and administration in the human settlements unit, Simiselo Nogampula, and municipal officials stood at a distance waiting for the police and municipal security to take down the shacks.
At 2pm, four police vans arrived at the scene and assisted with talks between the residents and officials.
Municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said officials would hold a meeting with the community today.