New MPL looks at land issue

2016-09-07 06:00
THE Northern Cape Legislature Deputy Speaker, Juanita Beukes sworn in EFF Provincial Secretary, George Nyakama as new Member of the Provincial Legislature the past Thursday(01/09) at the Legislature. Nyakama(right) is pictured with EFF Provincial leader, Aubrey Baartman(left).PS  Photo: EMILE HENDRICKS

THE Northern Cape Legislature Deputy Speaker, Juanita Beukes sworn in EFF Provincial Secretary, George Nyakama as new Member of the Provincial Legislature the past Thursday(01/09) at the Legislature. Nyakama(right) is pictured with EFF Provincial leader, Aubrey Baartman(left).PS Photo: EMILE HENDRICKS

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INTERVENTION measures need to be found to address the problem of informal settlements that are swiftly emerging in the Northern Cape in the aftermath of the recent municipal elections.

Giving the existing squatter camps permanent status would solve the problem. The municipalty’s decision to take legal action against people who erect informal dwellings only serves to further frustrate the residents of these settlements.

This was said by the newly sworn-in EFF MPL in the Northern Cape provincial legislature, George Nyakama, when he expressed his readiness to get his hands dirty by implementing his party’s land policies.

The swearing-in was conducted by Northern Cape Legislature Deputy Speaker Juanita Beukes

Making his intentions clear after being sworn in on Thursday (01/08), Nyakama reiterated his intention to make an impact when it comes to serving the people where it is needed.

Nyakama also serves as the EFF’s provincial secretary, following the resignation of April Matebus who had been deployed to serve at district level in the Pixley Ka Seme District Municipality.

Finding a solution to issues of land, health, lack of medical supplies at clinics, and lack of sports activities and HIV awareness in the province, is at the top of his priority list.

“I have always wanted to be part of the legislature to tackle issues head-on,” he added.

According to him, the issue of squatter camps is more than just a matter of shelter. “The people who stay in squatter camps also need proper housing. The conditions that they live under are not right, and one must realise that they come from over-crowded households.

“Family members need their space and a solution must be found for overcrowding and poverty, which leads to abuse of alcohol and domestic violence.

“One cannot blame people coming from such conditions when they see it as a solution to put up shacks on available land. In some cases there have been twelve people staying in a two-roomed house.

“Children tend to lose respect for their elders due to the lack of privacy in these conditions and the parents also tend to find other ways of relieving their frustrations.”

Nyakama sees his election as an MPL for the EFF as a step in the right direction in the ever changing democratic South Africa.

He joined the Economic Freedom Fighters in 2013 and from 2014 to 2015 served as a political educator in the region.

He was elected as the first provincial secretary of the Northern Cape Province in October 2015 after having made valuable contributions towards the establishment of branches in regions throughout the ­province.

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