Homeless march to Eastwood

2009-11-16 00:00

MORE than 3 000 homeless people from Thembalihle, Tamboville and Q-section marched to Eastwood yesterday to attend a meeting on basic housing rights.

Chairman of the Eastwood Community Forum Fred Wagner said the peaceful march was aimed at addressing the needs of the homeless and to applaud the Msunduzi Municipality for approving 2 000 low-cost houses to be built in these areas.

Last year, The Witness reported that residents from these areas were grabbing municipal land as they were fed up with living in mud houses and wanted low-cost houses built for them.

Wagner said the forum is against land grabbing.

“We are also concerned that in some of these areas there is no development as people are still living in informal settlements, despite having title deeds.”

He said they are still to invite MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Maggie Govender, and Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale for a inspection.

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