Marchers want land, houses

2015-10-29 06:00
THE memorandum of concerns was handed over by Phakiso Tshiloane to the Sol Plaatje mayor David Molusi on Monday in front of the brave marchers.             Photo:  Boipelo Mere

THE memorandum of concerns was handed over by Phakiso Tshiloane to the Sol Plaatje mayor David Molusi on Monday in front of the brave marchers. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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A RESPONSE by the mayor of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, David Molusi, that the available municipal land is being reserved for future generations angered the ward 22 and 25 protesters on Monday.

The planned community march saw less than 30 community leaders of different parties from the surrounding areas of Tompson Shacks, Beaconsfield, Greenside and Diamond park handing the memorandum of their concerns to Molusi. This, according to them, was because the community was intimidated by a certain group and was afraid to march.

Emphasising that the municipality understands the community’s unhappiness about the unavailability of land, the mayor said future generations will be encountering more problems regarding land, due to the current generation’s continuous demands.

He added that illegal invasion of land makes it difficult for the municipality to make the land available.

The marchers felt offended by his remarks and responded by saying that they too have the best interests of the future generation at heart, as they are looking for stable homes for their children.

“When I took over as the mayor in 2014 I was informed that the Sol Plaatje Municipality has a limited amount of land available. That land is left for future generations,” Molusi calmly told them.

A DA member Phakiso Tshiloane lashed out and said: “Yes we understand that they are saving that land for future generations. That generation is their own children. They buy the land for themselves as investment for their families and children.

The marchers also wanted to know what happened to the budget allocation that was earmarked for the housing of Diamond Park in June 2013. They said they were promised that the houses would be completed by December 2013.

Selma de Wee added that the future generations will have much bigger problems if these issues are not addressed immediately.

Amongst the other concerns on the memorandum was a demand for speed bumps, availability of church stands, illegal occupation of business sites by officials and the distribution of housing forms with an illegal Sol Plaaje municipality logo.

A response is expected within 21 days.

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