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
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
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
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