15 Apr 2011
A group of about 200 angry residents who have been waiting for houses at N2 Gateway in Cape Town marched on the Department of Human Settlements yesterday demanding that they be given proper housing.
They handed a departmental representative a memorandum of demands addressed to Bonginkosi Madikizela, the MEC for Human Settlements who was away in Oudtshoorn at the time.
In the memorandum the residents claimed they had been moved to Langa and were accommodated in a temporary relocation area while they waited for new homes to be built in Delft.
The residents are now demanding houses in the N2 Gateway scheme and have threatened to “take the law into their own hands” if the houses aren’t allocated to them.
Last month Langa residents disrupted traffic in Vanguard Drive accusing housing officials of incompetence and corruption. Apparently residents had been given paperwork confirming their ownership of plots in Delft.
According to community leader Irene Manyakama residents were told that they would be able to move into their new homes in March but this had not happened.
In a separate development residents at Nyanga claim that they are tired of the empty promises made to them about new homes that just never materialise. In Khayelitsha residents have called on city officials to provide them with clean and safe sanitation facilities.
The increased protest action from residents through Cape Town comes ahead of the municipal elections that take place next month.
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