Officials' houses set alight in RDP spat

2013-12-05 07:21

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Pretoria - A councillor's house has been set alight by residents in Soshanguve, north-west of Pretoria, police said on Wednesday.

Residents also damaged councillor Maribishi Morotola's car by throwing stones at it on Tuesday, said Colonel Noxolo Kweza.

"The fight erupted after metro police removed people who were occupying RDP houses illegally," she said.

Morotola’s wife and three children were inside the house at the time and were saved by neighbours.


Tshwane municipality spokesperson Cedric Maluleke said residents also set alight the house of ward community liaison officer Bernard Khoza.

"They accused Morotola and Khoza of selling RDP houses instead of correctly allocating them to families whose names are on the housing waiting list," Maluleke said.

He could not give details of the extent of the damage.

"Morotola and Khoza have been provided with alternative accommodation and security," he said.

Human settlements MEC Ntombi Mekgwe condemned residents' conduct.

"This trend of burning buildings is not going to help the situation. We are not going to give in to people who use hooliganism to raise their grievances when they are even in the wrong."

Mekgwe said houses would be given only to the rightful beneficiaries, and there would be no compromises.

Kweza said no arrests had been made.

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