7 February 2013

South Africa: Gauteng Government Has Failed Its Residents

press release

The IFP has lashed out at the Gauteng Provincial Government for its failure to provide residents with basic services.

IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole MP, said "Stjwetla residents in Alexandra are staying in shacks which are on the verge of being swept away by the Jukskei River. Government promised these residents a long time ago that they will be relocated to a better place, but nothing has happened. One wonders why government is waiting for many people to die before taking action."

Promises of relocation have been made for a long time, but not only has the government failed to place where these people would stay, but also doesn't communicate with the residents about the status of the housing project.

"It is imperative for government to act swiftly before people lose their lives. It must investigate whether the provincial department of human settlements in Gauteng underspent their housing budget, specifically because so many people are still living in shacks," said Sithole.

The IFP calls upon the MEC for Human Settlements in Gauteng and the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg to urgently intervene in this matter. The IFP also re-iterates its call to the Minister of Human Settlements to speed up the process of providing people with houses and eradicate the backlog of people waiting for housing.

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