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District Six delay is unacceptable: 2 600 claimants in need of answers

Categories: HEADLINES, Housing & Living Conditions
The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform plans to build only 108 residential apartments in the next phase of the redevelopment of District Six - a third of what was promised in 2014. The development is two years behind schedule and there is no clarity around who of the beneficiaries will occupy the apartments.

In my capacity as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Human Settlements in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, I will write to the National Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti. I will request an explanation as to why there have been such lengthy delays, despite R700m having been set aside for the development.

After years of waiting, 2 600 claimants are nowhere closer to receiving the homes that they were promised to receive by 2014. Only 139 units have been built thus far and 1000 claims have yet to be processed. The lack of accountability by National Government is astounding as they simply blame the delays on ‘negotiations with various role players and administrative processes.’

Community members are now becoming frustrated and are reported to be considering occupying the land. If we want our people to regard the rule of law, surely we must be accountable to them. It is unacceptable that the National Department of Land Reform and Rural Development is simply overpromising and under-delivering.

It cannot be that 50 years after being uprooted and disenfranchised, the community of District Six are still no closer to receiving the redress to which they are entitled.

Media enquries:
Matlhodi Maseko MPP – 082 085 7014
DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Human Settlements
Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Human Settlements in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament

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