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.
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