01 October 2014.
The IFP calls on the Gauteng Provincial
government, specifically the Department of Human Settlements and
the City of Johannesburg to urgently provide people with decent
housing instead of spending millions of rand buying owls to eat
"The City of Johannesburg has allocated R2.5
million to fight the scourge of rodents, which the IFP believes
would have been better if it was spent building houses for shack
dwellers. Buying owls to eat rats will not solve the rat problem
- only with proper housing can the rat problem be truly tackled.
This is a total waste of public funds," said IFP spokesperson on
Human Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole, MP.
"The government is moving painfully slowly in
improving shack dwellers' living conditions. We further call on
the South African Local Government Association to intervene and
advise all municipalities on how to address this issue as one of
their developmental priorities," continued Mr Sithole.
"The right to access adequate housing is
enshrined in our Constitution. Housing provides people with security and
healthier environments. The current crisis in the provision of
decent housing to all is robbing thousands of South Africans of
the opportunity to improve their lives. The MEC responsible must
act now to bring the crisis to an end," concluded Mr Sithole.
IFP Spokesperson on Human
Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole MP, 082 743 1348
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