11 January 2013
The IFP is encouraged to see that the Western
Cape government has moved swiftly to assist victims of the New
Year's Day fire in Khayelitsha, where
854 families lost their homes.
The government's plan to move these residents
to the Bosasa Temporary Relocation Area however should be
approached with extreme caution, as some Mfuleni residents have
objected to this move as they have been on a waiting list for
housing and feel that they have been overlooked.
IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Mr
Petros Sithole,MP said "Although the IFP is not against
assistance being offered to the Khayelitsha residents, we
question the wisdom of moving them to housing that residents of
Mfuleni have been on the waiting list for. Another question
arises as to what will happen when residents are asked to leave
and they refuse to go? This may present another conflict situation."
The perceived preferential treatment given to
Khayelitsha residents is not sitting well with Mfuleni
residents, some of whom have threatened violence.
"The MEC of Human Settlements and the City of
Cape Town must reconsider this decision in order to safely avoid
any conflicts from erupting," said Sithole.
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Human
Settlements, Hon Petros Sithole MP; 082
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Phendulani Biyase; 073 024 5675