16 May 2019

South Africa: Ramaphosa Never Promised Alexandra Community a Million Houses - Officials

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Residents of the impoverished township bordering Sandton are likely to be irritated by the disclosure by human settlements officials that an election campaign promise by the president was never made. On the third day of the inquiry by the South African Human Rights Commission and the Public Protector into socio-economic ills in the area, the officials said the media misinterpreted what Cyril Ramaphosa had said.

In a startling revelation that is likely to irk many an Alexandra resident, it emerged from provincial Department of Human Settlements officials during the third day of the inquiry into socio-economic ills in Alexandra that during his visit to the township at the height of the April 2019 unrest, President Cyril Ramaphosa never promised the community of Alexandra a million houses.

This surfaced after the regional manager of the SA Human Rights Commission (HRC), Buang Jones, asked if this target, as reflected in media reports, was feasible.

"Media reports stated that the president promised Alexandra residents a million houses. Is this feasible in light of what you have said in your presentation?" asked Jones.

"There is no way that a million houses can be built in Alexandra. The president was speaking in his capacity as...

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