Tension grows at Aloe Ridge

2018-03-21 06:00

WITH alleged military veterans forcibly occupying the Aloe Ridge flats in Grange and refusing to move, this has become a volatile situation.

Close to 120 alleged Umkhonto we Sizwe military veterans have occupied vacant flats and have refused to move from the premises, stating that former president of the ANC and South Africa, Jacob Zuma, promised them housing — a promise which has since failed to materialise.

The 120 apartments that are now occupied by the war veterans are part of the 300 units that were in the process of being allocated to beneficiaries, which are mainly people earning below R7 500 a month.

Regional Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) secretary Menzi Mkhize said the veterans had grown tired of the constant disregard by the country and the municipality in general, stating that the Msunduzi Municipality does not even have a desk for them to handle their problems.

“We are aware that the occupied flats were for renting and we will pay for services such as water and electricity, as well as rent, but the municipality must keep in mind that as veterans we do not have a lot of money and they must be reasonable with us,” said Mkhize.

According to one member of the Azanian National Liberation Army (Azanla), the MK veterans are now selling their flats in an attempt to pocket the money.

“We suspect that some members are selling their flats in order to make a profit,” said an Azanla member who wished to remain anonymous in fear of backlash.

The DA is calling for the MEC of Human Settlements, Ravi Pillay, to explain how matters were allowed to deteriorate to this point and to rectify them, according to DA provincial human settlements spokesperson George Mari.

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