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Alexandra tour brings more promises

09 May 2011

Fed-up shack-dwellers in the Stjwetla section of Alexandra might soon be living in better houses as Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale has promised to invest R90-million in the area.

During a tour of the township with Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Julius Malema, Sexwale heard numerous complaints from angry residents who said the settlement was a pigsty and unfit for human habitation.

Mokonyane promised residents that the province would buy 12 hectares of land in Linbro Park and Lombardy East, build new houses for residents and move them there.

Sexwale asked residents to voice their grievances over the Human Settlements Department and its delivery of services and houses.

Most of the complaints he received were about corruption amount department officials who allegedly gave houses to friends and family members that had been allocated to residents of the Stjwetla section of Alexandra.

Asked about the provision of toilets and electricity connections in the informal settlement, Mokonyane said that it was impossible to do so without relocating residents to a different area.

Meanwhile Malema claimed that the land in Lombardy East and Linbro Park had been “stolen” and that it should be returned to the Alexandra community so that new houses can be built.

He said that the owners of land there expect the ANC to pay for it. He claimed that the ANC needed “fearless leaders” who will got to white landowners and demand the land back without payment.

He then broke into a remixed version of  Dubul’ Ibhunu song and chanted “shoot to kill, kiss the boer”.

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