Government is Gambling with Lives of Shack Dwellers

02 April 2013    


The increased number of deaths due to shack fires in the various Western Cape informal settlements is a clear indication that both the National and Western Cape governments are gambling with people's lives.


IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole MP said, "After 18 years of democracy, people are still living in filth and degradation. The Western Cape Government and the ANC led government must clarify whether people who are staying in shacks are being punished because they voted for the ANC nationally or whether national government is withholding resources because people voted for the DA in the Western Cape?"


"With winter fast approaching many people will be placing not only their own lives, but also the lives of their families and other residents of informal settlements at risk by lighting shack fires just to keep warm. This is unacceptable, especially when viewed in the light of the Department of Human Settlements having underspent on its allocated budget, while people are in dire need of housing," said Sithole.


Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole MP, 082 743 1348


IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675