Residents want the ‘okay’ to build houses

2017-10-04 06:00
One of the houses that was demolished by the Msunduzi Municipality two weeks ago.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

One of the houses that was demolished by the Msunduzi Municipality two weeks ago.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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THE situation remains tense at Nkululeko informal settlement in Northdale, Ward 28, after the Msunduzi Municipality demolished some of the informal settlement two weeks ago, which led to residents protesting the action.

The demolition was part of the municipality’s operation to do away with all informal settlements around Pietermaritzburg­.

On Monday, residents woke up to their street full of police officers monitoring the area.Residents said that municipal security­ guards went to check that the demolished houses had not been rebuilt.

Mthoko Zondi, a spokesperson for Nkululeko residents, said they don’t want to fight with the municipality, all they want is permission to build their houses.

“They complain about the state of the houses in this area. This is just the start for people. They will build proper houses when the time is right. No one wants to live in houses like this forever.

“Some of the people here built these houses because they want to be closer to work. If the municipality decides to demolish their house where are they supposed to live?

The people whose houses were demolished are now living with neighbours because they have nowhere to go.

“We have tried speaking to the ward councillor because we want our people to get letters that permit them to build houses, but nothing has come of it.

“This land has been here for many years, now that people are using it, the municipality wants to use it too, why?” he asked. He said the municipality targeted houses that were built recently, to demolish and if the municipality does not give them what they want they will go back to the streets and protest. Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Siyabonga Hlongwa did not reply to questions sent to him at the time of going to print.

The people whose houses were
demolished are now living with neighbours
because they have nowhere to go.

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