No fees scam running in Masi

2018-03-06 06:00

It was completely out of order and a total distortion for People’s Post to highlight a report, “Fees Questioned” on the front page of last week’s edition, stating that a meeting of Masiphumelele residents had been told that the Public Protector had given them a piece of land and that, if they each paid R50 “to some community leaders”, they would “negotiate on their behalf for houses on this land.”

We have all heard of housing scams such as this, which target people living in crowded, unhealthy and dangerous conditions and who are desperate and vulnerable to such empty promises. Masiphumelele is not immune to such scams.

Only lower down in People’s Post story does it emerge that in a settlement agreement between the Public Protector and the City of Cape Town, the City has agreed to relocate residents from the wetlands to drier erf 5131, with ablution facilities.

In order to ensure that such an agreement materializes, the Masiphumelele Basic Service Task Committee has asked residents to register and pay a R50 fee which is intended to cover legal fees should the City fail to carry out its promises, as has, alas, been the case in the past.

This committee has a bank account, says community leader Dumisani Nhlapo, and can account for all the money it has received.

Mary Turok, Noordhoek

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