Shukushukuma residents demand houses

2019-04-11 06:00
Community leaders from Shukushukuma informal settlement in Mfuleni demanding houses. From left: Ernest Kamana, Nontuthuzelo Jack, and Vusi Mafuleka.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Community leaders from Shukushukuma informal settlement in Mfuleni demanding houses. From left: Ernest Kamana, Nontuthuzelo Jack, and Vusi Mafuleka.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Informal settlement residents, in Mfuleni, are threatening to take it to the streets if they are excluded as the beneficiaries of the Extension Two housing project.

According to them they have been waiting patiently for houses, but after more than 10 years no one talks to them. They have not benefited from various housing initiatives in the area.

“We, residents of Shukushukuma, don’t know what is happening with the new housing projects. Our councillor never came to us to brief our community members about the development that is happening here,” said community leader Nontuthuzelo Jack.

She said for them to see the councillor they have to go to his office. Jack described the conditions that they are living under as appalling.

“The majority of our communal taps and flushing toilets are not functioning. We don’t know where to report all these problems because we don’t see him,” she said adding that only if there is a serious problem that they have to go to his office in Mfuleni.

She stated that all they want is to be relocated to new houses that are going to be constructed at Extension Two in Mfuleni.

She said they are concerned now that with winter coming, there will be floods.

Another community leader Ernest Kamana said they don’t know if they are part of the project (Extension 2) and they are not sure how many people are going to be beneficiaries.

Kamana said the housing project in Extension Two will cater for about 1043 beneficiaries.

He said as community leaders they want people from Shukushukuma to be part of each and every housing development in Mfuleni.

Ward councillor Jerome Fitz refuted the allegations that he is marginalising the area citing that he is working with all the community leaders in his ward.

“In ward 16 we have a steering committee which includes areas like Shukushukuma, Bosasa Extension 1, Garden City and Smarties. We meet regularly and it is community leaders who go back to communities to convey the message. That is how we work,” he said.

However, he stated that he has a challenge with the leaders of the Shukushukuma area.

“Because of continuous changing of community leaders in Shukushukuma I experience some challenges. And I think I need to step up a bit,” he said.

He said the only meeting that he failed to attend was last week because of his political commitments. The meeting with the broader steering committee leadership of Shukushukuma was reschedule for next week Tuesday 16 April.

Fitz encouraged people to register for houses.

“I’m not at liberty to give people houses. People must first register for houses and their names will be taken down for screening and once the name has been approved they will get a house. That is standard procedure. So all the names for beneficiaries are coming from the City,” said Fitz.

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