Community to march for houses

2015-04-30 14:54

INFURIATED Merlewood residents, who have been waiting 21 years for houses allocated to them by Hibiscus Coast Municipality, have set a date for a public demonstration.

Community members were given lot numbers in 1994, following approval in the Merlewood Mixed Income Housing Project.

Ronel Schalkwyk, who spoke to the Fever on behalf of residents, said a meeting was held on Saturday where arrangements for the march were discussed.

“We haven’t received feedback from the mayor. It seems as though nobody is interested in helping us,” she said.

“We have waited over two decades and can wait no longer.”

In March residents protested outside the incomplete houses with the aim of moving into them.

Most community members, who have been approved for the houses, live in squalor, with no basic commodities such as electricity and water.

However, they were stopped when ward councillor Ajith Rajaram, addressed the angry community

One resident said she was living in a shack in Mkholombe while she waited for her house.

The community said they were also angry at the fact that other housing projects in Louisiana and Masinenge were completed within two years.

The march takes place on Tuesday, 28 April from the Shoprite parking lot to the municipal offices

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