Pietermaritzburg housing protest leaves residents in the dark

2018-07-12 11:26

Pietermaritzburg residents barricaded roads leading to Copesville on Wednesday with burning tyres and rubble, and demanded the removal of their ward councillor.

Taxis were stopped from operating on the main road and protesters burnt three electricity transformers, leaving sections of Haniville, Swapo and Copesville without electricity, GroundUp reported.

Busi Mkhize, who joined the protest, said residents have not had a community meeting since last year.

"We have been waiting for houses since 2004. That is why we have started to invade vacant land. No one will stop us from building our houses. Some of us are old but we live with our parents. You can't watch your dad or brother taking a bath."

On Monday, hundreds of residents occupied vacant land owned by the Msunduzi municipality. The municipality said the land was earmarked for a housing project, which was expected to be built next year.

Residents of ward 29 in Pietermaritzburg took to t
Residents of ward 29 in Pietermaritzburg took to the streets demanding the ward councillor be removed. (Nompendulo Ngubane/GroundUp)


Residents have accused ward councillor Siphamandla Madlala of being "incompetent" and want him out of office.

'We want answers'

"He has done nothing for residents. There are 47 houses that were built for people who are needy. There are people who were on the list to occupy those homes, but they have been occupied by people we don't know," resident Menzi Ngcolosi said.

"We don't know how those people became beneficiaries. We want answers, but he is never available to respond to us," said Ngcolosi.

Zamasile Dludla, 67, shares a one-room shack in Haniville with seven adult grandchildren.

"Some of us were on the list to benefit from the 47 houses. No one in this area has benefitted."

Madlala denied the allegations.

"People living in those houses are destitute residents. The houses were not strictly for Ward 29 residents. They are part of the Sukuma Sakhe project."

This was confirmed by Mbulelo Baloyi, spokesperson for the Department of Human Settlements.

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  housing  |  protests  |  protest action

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
 

How your dog can tell what you’re feeling

Researchers have found a specific area in a dog’s brain that recognises human faces – a finding that may help to explain why dogs are so sensitive to human social cues.

 

Paws

Share your 67 minutes with animals in need this Mandela Day
Kevin Anderson’s dog is winning at Instagram!
Kim Kardashian-West buys fake testicles to boost her dog’s self-esteem
10 tips on exercising your dog
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.