People Want Houses Not Only Blankets

11 November 2014.

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has issued a challenge to KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlements, Hon. Ravi Pillay and eThekwini Municipality H.W.Mayor James Nxumalo to provide people with decent houses instead of only supplying them with blankets whenever fire destroys their shacks, as it happened again in Clare Estate where two people lost their lives during the weekend. 

"It is time the KwaZulu-Natal government and eThekwini Municipality provided decent houses to our people instead of using these disasters for political grandstanding by only supplying blankets and food parcels to the shack dwellers.

While supplying blankets is not bad on its own, it is not a permanent solution.

People are primarily in dire need of decent houses. What is worse is that these blanket distributions are political ploys to hoodwink the destitute into thinking that the government is doing something about their problems. Government must, instead of spending large amounts of money to buy blankets and food parcels, invest that money into building houses. Shack fires at informal settlements will continue to be a menace as long as our people live in these deplorable conditions, " said IFP 's KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Joshua Mazibuko. 

"As the IFP we will continue to pressurise the ANC government in KwaZulu-Natal to make good the promises they have consistently made to our people for the last twenty years. Hence we call upon both the MEC and eThekwini Mayor to stop politicking but urgently solve the crisis of informal settlements. Otherwise we will call upon the Minister of Human Settlements, Hon.Lindiwe Sisulu, to personally intervene to ensure speedy delivery of houses," concluded Mazibuko.


Issued by:
Mr Joshua Mazibuko, IFP MPL, Spokesperson on Human Settlements, 083 992 6135

For Media Enquries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675