MEC condemns Gauteng housing violence

2012-01-20 19:26

Johannesburg - The Gauteng housing department will not be intimidated into giving RDP houses to people who do not qualify for them, MEC Humphrey Mmemezi said on Friday.

"We are not going to allow anyone to manipulate the process of allocation, including the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA)," he told residents in Tshepong, in the Vaal, after a councillor's house was burnt down in the area on Friday morning, allegedly by people removed from RDP houses they had been illegally occupying.

"We as government are not going to give in when people use violence to raise their concerns," Mmemezi was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his office.

In December the housing department obtained a court order to evict all the illegal occupants, including MKMVA members, from the RDP houses in the area.

He sympathised with the councillor whose house was burnt down.

"It is a huge challenge to be a councillor and they need protection at all costs. Councillors do not allocate houses, but they become victims when people don't get their way."

Councillor Thandi Tshabalala was not home at the time of the attack. She had been taken elsewhere two days earlier due to concerns about her safety.

Earlier, the SA Local Government Association (Salga) said councillors needed "risk benefits" for damage, disability, or death due to public violence. This should be at the expense of the state or municipality and be included in a councillor's salary, spokesperson Milisa Kentane said.

Salga urged the minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs to introduce such benefits.

"Councillors face a greater risk of violence than office bearers in other spheres of government. Yet the current legislative and policy frameworks do not grant councillors any protection should this eventuality arise.

"This escalation of violent protests has not only seen the damaging of personal property, but has caused financial and psychological trauma, injury, and the loss of lives."

  • Shirley - 2012-01-20 19:37

    The people that resort to this kind of violence should not get houses at all! They wouldnt look after it judging by the lack of respect they have for other peoples property. They voted for this government and after all the yearly violence and crying for houses they will vote the same next election!

      Mantsho - 2012-01-20 20:02

      The people are tired of waiting, they see a lots of corruption happening and nobody is doing nothing about it.however they keep voting for them. so they got what they deserve.dont feel sorry for them.

      John - 2012-01-20 20:59

      1 - the ANC promises houses 2 - People leave their houses and plots in the rural areas and come to the cities. 3 - The ANC know about Mercedes Benz cars not houses. Not enough houses are build. 4 - illegal people occupy houses, sometimes even illegal immigrants. 5- MEC Humphrey Mmemezi has not submited 1 single complaint for the deportation of illegal immigrants. Anc = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide Destroying SA since 1957. This is what happened in China: “ The Gang of Four Chinese Communist Party members came to power during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), and were charged with a series of treasonous crimes. The gang consisted of Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong's last wife as the leading figure of the group, and her close associates Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Hongwen. In 1980, the trials of the Gang of Four began. Among the prosecution’s charge of actual crimes were the usurpation of state power and party leadership; the persecution of some 750,000 people, 34,375 of whom died during the period 1966-76. It was at this trial that Jiang Qing made the famous quote: "I was Chairman Mao's dog. I bit whomever he asked me to bite." Jiang Qing was sentenced to death in 1981. “ Source Wikipidia. I was inspired to write a song commemorating the death of such evil people: Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs of Mao Tse Tsung! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss! Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs of Jiang Qing!

      Mattewis - 2012-01-23 13:04

      You said it! They get what they deserve! Even after their violent service delivery protests, they voted for the ANC with overwhelming majority (again).

  • Max - 2012-01-20 20:00

    Today you tell us this, tomorrow there is a special housing plan for the MKMVA and the second plane landed on an island...

  • STYLEbudd - 2012-01-20 20:08

    People should wake up and learn to work for their homes, this free handouts thing is utter nonsense, at the expense of the tax payer.

      Vegi - 2012-01-20 20:50

      The unemployed, where must they live.

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-20 22:29

      Housing the homeless is worth the expense, just a pity about the corruption and nepotism. I am glad to see my tax money building a house for Gogo who is half blind and fragile. It's a huge frustration when uses that same money for two airplanes to fly himself to one place. It's obvious he does not feel the same compassion for Gogo. Just a superiority complex . It's sad.

      Grant - 2012-01-20 22:48

      The unemployed should go back to their rural homes until the jobs that Zuma promised materialize. The ANC should ask Helen Zille for advice on how to handle the situation properly.

      Mattewis - 2012-01-23 13:00

      @Vegi If everything wasn't expected to be "pasella wêna", maybe they wouldn't be unemployed! But it's "I have a right to a roof over my head", "I have a right to free education", "I have a right to running water", and so the list goes on! The fact is that somebody has to work to get the infrastructure established to fulfill in all these so-called "rights"!

  • Vegi - 2012-01-20 21:01

    The News24 moderator is pathetic. I wrote a complaint blaiming the western way of life for natural disasters and the comment was deleted. How is that comment offensive. Pathetic forum, pathetic moderator.

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-20 22:36

      Sounds like a nonsense comment Vegi. You can't blame natural disasters on culture or race. They are exactly what the word says " natural"

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-20 22:13

    Burn the fat ass councilors house, the veterans struggle is been overlooked by this glorified idiot so he can give houses to his personal cadres.

  • Zwelakhe - 2012-01-21 03:03

    We'll wait and see if the police will bring in those responsible for this violence with the same vigor as they did with residents of Chiawelo in Soweto.

  • duncan.cramer - 2012-01-21 07:51

    "We as government are not going to give in when people use violence to raise their concerns," Mmemezi was quoted as saying Yeah. Dammit! We're not going to give in to violence...not like those apartheid era pussies did.

  • Johnson - 2012-01-21 08:10

    Limpopo lost 2 Billion rand, how many houses could have been build if it was not for ANC wastage. Seems like the problem is with the voter who believes that the ANC will improve their lives. The Voter got what he voted for - Corruption, Nepotism, protection of convicted fraudsters - They dont give in when people resort to violence - but they will promise you everything when they need your Vote "Wake up people" or sufferuntil God comes back

  • Johnson - 2012-01-21 08:16

    They can spend millions on flights for VIP's and ANC celebrations - now you complain about houses - eish what did you think when you voted ANC that tings were going to change. Where is the change they promised in the previous local elections, apart from Limpopo 2 billion bail out, text books will not be ready for schools and the spending spree continues. These guys are to busy trying to bankrupt the whole country to build houses

  • Adam - 2012-01-22 14:14

    Dont get upset till you see With the money wasted only by the zuma administration, 70,000 RDP houses could have been built. Maybe 200,000 jobs if each house was built by 3 people. I wish this site would print their graphics, and hand them out to the shack dwellers.

  • lhfick - 2012-03-11 01:55

    ANC is just a hole in the wall, our country is fast becoming a old black and white picture with no color in it. Let me give you an example. In their last news letter of the GEPF they said that they are making some good investments by using the members pension money and investing it in low cost housing projects. How stupid must you be to see that as a good investment? So where did the allocated funds go? Freedom Fighters! You even steel from the old!

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