'Forgotten' shack dwellers deliver ultimatum to govt

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Cape Town - Shack dwellers living in the "forgotten" Klipheuwel informal settlement near Durbanville have given local and provincial governments until the end of the month to improve their living conditions or face unrest, community leaders have warned.

About 30 community representatives gathered outside the provincial legislature on Friday morning armed with placards demanding services to "restore [their] dignity".

Among the demands was that the provincial government purchase the privately owned land on which the settlement is located or other suitable land. They also want services, electricity, a mobile clinic, early childhood development facilities and a mobile police station.

Community member Andile Tumana said they were demanding that local and provincial governments work with the Klipheuwel Community Development Forum – an apolitical entity - to develop a community action plan.

"The conditions under which these human beings are living is not acceptable," he said outside provincial legislature.

"This community is forgotten. There has been little to no development and no one cares that there are human beings living like this. It is not right."

‘When is govt going to work for us?’

Eric Salukazana, 62, said he was frustrated that 22 years after he moved to the settlement, "nothing much has changed".

"I am an old man. I live in a four-square metre shack with seven other people. We have nothing, except toilets and taps which we have to walk far to reach. We have no dignity," he said.

"Government needs to take us seriously. We are people. Why must we beg for basic things which are owed to us?"

Setjhaba Kolanchu of the forum said the residents were "despondent".

"All we want is to live under better conditions. The people living in our area need development. When is government going to work for us?"

A provincial government official received the protesters' list of demands.

Tumana said the modest number of protesters was a deliberate effort to keep proceedings peaceful.

This comes after a number of arrests were made in August when a three-day protest in the community turned violent, with protesters burning tyres, throwing stones and looting shops in the area.

READ MORE: Klipheuwel residents to march on Parliament

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