5th September 2013
The IFP sends its sympathies to the 17
families whose shacks caught fire in Diepsloot, Johannesburg.
IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole, said,
“Shack dwellers are always at risk of being without a place to
stay due to fires that erupt in informal settlements. Government
is moving painfully slowly in improving shack dwellers’ living
conditions. In 2007 Government said there will be no shacks, but
today there are many more shacks than before, which shows
Government has failed to live up to its promises.”
The Diepsloot incident happens when IFP
Members of Parliament are out in Gauteng, Pretoria to assess the
appalling conditions that poor people live under, so that they
can raise these matters in Parliament.
Sithole added, “What happened in Diepsloot is
what many shack dwellers experience every day in our country.
These are people who do not have much to begin with. It is
devastating when they lose the little that they have to fire,
and are forced to start all over again.”
“The IFP urges the national Department of
Human Settlements to intervene in solving this crisis, as the
provincial department in Gauteng has failed,” concluded Sithole.
IFP Spokesperson on Human
Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole MP, 079 311 9995
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Ms
Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252