Government Poor Planning to Blame for Kliptown Devastation

22 April 2013    


The IFP Gauteng (IFP-GP) is saddened to note that at this point 173 families have been displaced after the Kliptown informal settlement was laid waste by floods at the weekend.

The IFP-GP views this disheartening incident as ensuing from government's bad planning and also regards it as a betrayal of the people who reside in Kliptown, an area which hosted the signing of the Freedom Charter in 1955.


The IFP-GP is aware of the commitment made to the people of Kliptown by the Gauteng government during the month of celebrating the 58th Anniversary of the signing of the Freedom Charter in 2008, where the ruling government indicated that the city has budgeted R710-million for the development of housing in Kliptown. But the lack of planning and action recurrently shown by the government illustrates that the money has not been spent properly towards this goal.


Moreover, government's failure to properly plan and deliver on its promise explains why many people who had been promised RDP houses since 1996 are yet to receive them, and many of those people have sadly fallen prey to these recent devastating floods.


According to the IFP-GP It is unacceptable for the people of Kliptown and those in other informal settlements to be continuously made vulnerable to natural hazards such as floods simply because government fails to ensure effective service delivery of housing, water and sanitation.


"The IFP-GP reiterates its call that the Gauteng government needs to fast track the process of developing houses in Kliptown and stamp out shacks, which are easily destroyed by floods, fires and other disasters," said IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Bonginkosi Dhlamini.


"In addition it is high time that this government starts to listen to the voices of the poor and act on its pledge, as well as portraying the aspiration of a non racial, free South Africa envisaged in the Freedom Charter," adds Bonginkosi Dhlamini.


The IFP-GP calls on the MEC of Housing and Infrastructure to urgently provide relief to those displaced families.



IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature
Bonginkosi Dhlamini; 071 622 7523


IFP Media Liaison Officer
Musa Ngobeni; 079 412 9757/011 489 6401