14 October 2013
The IFP calls on the minister of human
settlements to urgently intervene in the Kagiso housing debacle.
IFP Spokesperson on human settlements, MP
Petros Sithole, said "I visited a Kagiso hostel this weekend
where I found that after almost eight years people have been
using containers as homes since being moved out of their
hostels. Promises were made that after three months, the hostels
would be renovated and they would be allowed to move back in,
yet none of that happened"
Ten people have already died due to this
situation due to severe weather conditions, and the community has
been without water for a month.
Sithole further stated that "The Gauteng
provincial department of human settlements failed to provide any
answers as to why, after so long, people are still living in
containers. The area is filthy and people are exposed to many
diseases; at the same time, the community has been told to pay
R700 to be allowed to move back to the hostels, which was not
agreed upon when they initially moved out"
The IFP sees this as disgraceful and the
provincial human settlement leadership must account for their
failure to deal with this issue and must account to the
community why it has not happened and when it will be resolved.
Mr.Petros Sithole MP, IFP
Spokesperson on Human Settlements on 082 743 1348
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Liaison
Officer on 073 024 5675