15 January 2013
The IFP is extremely concerned over the
proposed demolition of homes in KwaZulu-Natal Midlands in the
communities of Ambleton farms, Slangspruit and Thornville.
IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Mr
Petros Sithole, MP said, "What concerns us most about the
demolition is that no proper notice has been given to the people
whose homes are about to be demolished. Another grave concern is
that Government has not provided these soon-to-be homeless
people with any alternative options for residences. They will be
de facto destitute."
Sithole added, "This is not what a responsible
government for-the-people does! Furthermore these demolitions
are being carried out by municipalities who do not even have the
necessary authority to demolish people's homes.
Only provinces have such authority."
As the IFP we say that Government should think
very carefully before proceeding with such drastic measures.
They have many dire implications for the residents who are
uprooted. Children are affected. Communities are splintered. We
therefore caution and advise government to consider all possible
alternatives before proceeding with this demolition.
IFP Spokesperson on Human
Settlements, Hon. Petros Sithole MP, 079
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497