‘We want houses’, resident say

2019-02-19 06:00
Residents of 6th Avenue Informal Settlement want to know when they are going to get the houses they were promised.PHOTO: thabang kuaho

Residents of 6th Avenue Informal Settlement want to know when they are going to get the houses they were promised.PHOTO: thabang kuaho

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Residents of 6th Avenue Informal Settlement in Kensington say they are uncertain whether the City of Cape Town will build houses for them as it was previously promised.

They say the City promised to start with the project in August last year, but nothing has been done.

Long-time resident Livingston Tasama said he lost faith in government.

“How do you put your faith in an institution that has failed to deliver its promises so many times?” Tasama asked.

He said his struggle to get decent housing dates back to the early ‘90s.

“My children are now grown ups and I fear that they will continue with the struggle after I have long left this earth.

Community leader Jimmy Xalipi says the battle for decent housing was one he and other residents have been fighting for a long time.

“We have identified vacant land nearby where these people can move to while houses are being built for them. The project was supposed to start last year already and nothing has happened,” Xalipi said.

He said the area, which houses the informal settlement, was convenient because it already has running water and electricity.

“The people want to live here, not be moved to other areas because this place is convenient. People do not want to move to other areas because they are scared they will be moved further from the city.”

He further said he knows politicians will use housing as part of their campaigning for the May 8 general elections.

“They must not even try to use housing in order to get votes. We have heard that one too many times before,” he said.

Ward 56 councillor Helen Jacobs said the City is in its final planning process and will start building soon.

“We are busy with the final preparations and will inform the residents when the building will begin.

“That still needs to be confirmed,” she said.

She said it is not true that the project was supposed to start in August.

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