Lindiwe Sisulu wants hostels gone

By Drum Digital
08 May 2015

The Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, has said that hostels have "no place in a reconfigured state"

Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu has made the announcement that she wants hostels in South Africa to be done away with.

The Star reports that Sisulu mentioned this move during her budget vote yesterday, saying that these kinds of dwelling arrangements had "no place in a reconfigured state".

"They [hostels] are a very painful relic of our past... They [hostel residents] should live as part of society," Sisulu said as mentioned by the newspaper.

While addressing parliament Sisulu reportedly said that it would be best to "gradually abolish hostels in our towns, and hostel dwellers who have lived in our towns for a number of years would qualify for a Breaking New Ground house or the CRU (Community Residential Units)," she reportedly said.

Sisulu reportedly suggested that hostel residents would qualify for either a state-subsidised or community residential unit.

"Most of them have spent a great deal of their time in cities. That they may have a holiday home in Mqanduli (in the Easter Cape) doesn't make them different from somone with a holiday home in Camps Bay who works in Brakpan," Sisulu said as quoted by the daily.

These subsidised homes will reportedly be given to young people under the age of 40 and who cannot afford to buy a house.

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