MEC calls for end to informal settlements

2012-04-14 19:00

Johannesburg - North West municipalities need to create stringent by-laws to prevent the "mushrooming" of informal settlements, Human Settlements MEC Desbo Mohono said on Saturday.

"I would like to urge all local municipalities, to come up with rigid by-laws that would ensure that we do not see another informal settlement mushrooming in our land," Mohono said in a statement

"We cannot win this battle if we continue to be held to ransom by our people, who continue to occupy land illegally and continue to add numbers to the ever emerging informal settlements."

Mohono made the appeal during the handing over of the informal settlements improvement plan report on Friday in Rustenburg, following a five year investigation.

She said that the investigation showed that the total number of shacks in informal settlements in the province was estimated at over 77 600 in 140 informal settlements.

  • Piet - 2012-04-14 19:10

    What about protecting our borders. For every action you get a reaction. Why cant the ANC understand this simple law. Shows you why science is not big in this country.

      Piet - 2012-04-14 19:32

      size has nothing to do with this?

      Smell - 2012-04-14 20:34

      One does not have to be a genius to figure out that secure borders and fostering a culture of birth control would be very good on the short and long term for all South African citizens. A cake only has so many slices. There seems to be a lack of basic logic in this neck of the woods, resulting in human suffering on a massive scale.

      Grootrot - 2012-04-14 21:22

      This comment by Mohono is ironic and unclear, if one can have both of those in the same comment. Firstly way back when the law on informal settlements was proclaimed, the current party that leads government was so desperate to ensure that people have the right to stay where they want to show that everything in apartheid was evil, that it passed a law to state that if someone occupied a piece of land for a certain time (24 or maybe 48 hours) they have the right to stay there.Firstly before Kolobe jumps on me with political rhetoric, I think the group areas act was shameless and unnecessary discrimination, but to lean all the way to the other side, also was a mistake and those who opposed this law were called anti revolutionary or racist. Now, please Mohono, you cannot have bylaws that usurps a act, thus please change the act or am I only one to see the irony? Then apart from keeping the borders safe and safeguarded why is government not creating the jobs they so mercilessly promise in the rural area so that people don't need to flock from the rural areas to live in informal settlements close to towns? Thus Mohono, please give clarity and please dont waste our money on a report that took 5 years when we could have given you the answer in 5 days at only half the cost. You could have take a quarter yourself and then still have scored 25% for the rest of SA, how about that?

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-04-14 19:26

    had the DA proposed this, the anc would be shrieking racism all over it. The anc is the reason that squatter camps keep popping up. Instead of stealing taxpayers cash or wasting it on stupid celebrations, they should be building houses. but evidently a million rand merc is more important to the regime's cadres.

  • Annelise - 2012-04-14 19:34

    Is that not exactly what the what the NP government tried to do in the 80's. Funny how history repeats itself!

      Godfrey - 2012-04-14 20:37

      Looks like the influance of all the NP members that crossed the floor is coming thru in the anc thinking.

  • Nettie - 2012-04-14 19:48

    Hehehehe I wander what Blade is going to say about this? Is she also in fear of black goverment?

  • Nettie - 2012-04-14 19:49

    Hehehehe I wander what Blade is going to say about this? Is she also in fear of black goverment or of black people?

  • justice.mpho1 - 2012-04-14 19:49

    Your probably going to blame thee ANC right?

      Nettie - 2012-04-14 19:59

      Very clever Justice. Yes who els can they blame?

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-14 20:03

      Who else has the power to do something about it, but doesn't?

      Keith - 2012-04-15 05:39

      No, it's apartheid's fault, like everything else in the world today.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-14 19:54

    I am so curious as to the solution she might propose to this little problem. I assume there is a solution?

      Sharon - 2012-04-14 22:37

      @ Tienie, I know what you mean! South Africa's population was 40.4 million in 1994, but increased to 50.5 million in 2011. There are also an estimated 10 million illegal immigrants here. That brings the population increase since 1994 to half again what it was!

  • donald.perumal - 2012-04-14 20:03

    Minister Informal Settlements are business enterprises.People occupy land then become landlords.Takes one back to the first democratic elections when politicians "seeded areas" for political gain.Now those evil actions have come back to haunt you!

  • madise.paul - 2012-04-14 20:17

    Ag bullsh*t...the same MEC 'll be the first to go to the same informals to beg for votes comes 2014 and promisin them houses, sanitary blah blah blah!

  • Alasdair - 2012-04-14 20:54

    What is this guy smoking!? Informal settlements are a symbol ofthe failure of the current regime to deal with urbanisation and will nor be eradicated without effective government whether it is ANC or DA or whatever party. All the average citizen of SA wants is a system of government that is effective, honest, accountable and improves the life of the ctizens of this great country.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-04-14 22:15

      And the ANC had not been able to do that in 18 years..

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-04-14 20:59

    Where do they all come from, where did they live before?

      Keith - 2012-04-15 05:49

      Yes, in my town there were hundreds of RDP hoses built. Now each has one or two shacks in the back yard. And a new bunch of shacks has sprung up in vacant land near the cemetery. Now the people will want water-borne sewerage, power and so on.

  • victorjozi - 2012-04-14 21:02

    To stop the growing of informal settlement, you must start building RDP houses 4 needy MEC.

  • victorjozi - 2012-04-14 21:12

    To stop the growing of informal settlement, you must start building RDP houses 4 needy MEC.

  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-04-14 21:30

    Mohono u r out of yo mind how cud u say dat informal settlement r mushrooms,1stly b4 u say dat create jobs,stop corruption,u shud b ashamed of yourself.*angry*U qualify for a Housing subsidy u gt a Car allowance........Doz people hu r living da r stuggling........i once asked myself having a pack of 8 Zinger wings nd i said to myself i hav a snack bt deep down i knew dat people cn hav dis as a supper.:...Plz erase dis topic.....

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-04-14 22:13

      Dude seriously, write properEnglish FGS! Then maybe people will take you seriously. Just saying..

      Rob - 2012-04-15 08:44

      trevor...And you are allowed to vote ! Sigh.

  • appolloaquila - 2012-04-14 22:02

    The one thing that i dont really understand by some of the comments is how this story has anything to do with race. i really hate racism and sadly i think that is getting worse and worse as time goes on. To all South African living back home and all over the world – The South African’s should be uniting together no matter of what race or back ground you are from, working together to resolve some of South Africa’s fundamental issues. All South Africans have the right to be free, protected against crime, have the right to be educated to a good standard, fair opportunity to the jobs available to them and last but not least share and enjoy South Africa’s beauty and wealth together as one. South Africa and its people will only move forward is everybody respects all culture, colours, traditions and by everybody works together to overcome our home lands issue. South Africa is one of the beautiful countries in the world and has wealth and an abundance of natural resource. Why can’t everybody work together and build the South Africa everybody wants to live in? All South African should fight against all of the very things that are currently destroying our country, We should campaign to ensure the rest of the world aware of what is happening behind our rainbow coloured curtain and putting non -violent pressure on our government to deliver on what we have all dreamed about for centuries – a true democracy, a true rainbow nation that all people can share, prosper and enjoy.

  • Keith - 2012-04-14 22:39

    As long as Tokyo sexwale is still the minister on that field of human settlements nothing will be progressing, he is busy trying to oust jacob Zuma out of the office instead of doing what he was employed for, he's a selfish man hence he has got billions of rands in his bank accounts and that does not stop him stealing from the poor, ANC should be ashamed of themselves at this age and time in south Africa people should all have real houses not those fire hazards shacks as houses for the people of our rainbow nation.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-04-15 05:25

    The land problem will never cease in Mzansi. People who are moved to the RDP houses sell them and go start another settlements. The government must create jobs and get people building their own houses. If you give an unemployed person a house without income how is he going to maintain it??? He will eventually sell it and go back to his shack with something in his pocket. Create jobs and let people do things for themselves. This handing out is not gonna work, it's a strategy to get some votes.

      Rob - 2012-04-15 08:45

      Zimbobwe....Amazing, coming from you. Well said.

  • Phillip - 2012-04-15 09:42

    No Piet.We need new pass laws and group areas act?????

  • Nigel - 2012-04-15 09:52

    is he calling them refugees?

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-15 10:18

    People occupy land illegally because government has stolen the funds that would have provided them with homes. Simple! Stop stealing public funds and the crime rate will drop. The government is to blame for the spiraling crime rate. People steal and commit crimes because they are desperate - their families are hungry and do not have decent housing. Our crime problems start right at the top.

  • Vince.York - 2012-04-15 10:38

    GOODBYE NEW ANC - You are the weakest link! How about recovering the PLUS R100Mill that was wasted on zuma's anti-going-to-court cases and RBillions that have subsequently been sidled into the zuma dynasty's pockets AND extended bloated families and progeny (true bllodline or security guards & gardners' immaterial) PLUS MORE AND MORE Simple, each SQUATTER would have a large condo in Midrand then - and only a single family with connected rot would be back on a hillside with BA.

      Mike Purchase - 2012-04-15 13:47

      well said vince,democracy to a hand full only.

  • ChrisKhanye - 2012-04-15 11:03

    The abundance of platinum around Rustenburg must have culminated in the birth of another Sandton. Instead we have another Dark City - Alexandra without any Sandton in sight. Unfortunately most North West municipality are run by hyenas who forever have predatory instinct to feed themselves and their brood. Overrated political leaders with a skewed vision as far as the municipal coffers. It's amazing how shanty towns are named after our struggle icons Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Chris. Hani etc. Do we equate these Heroes to hopelessness? Why not name shanty towns after today's political predators - Malema, Mathale, Magaxa?

      donald.perumal - 2012-04-15 18:18

      Hi Chriskhanye A sober,well thought out response.We have the means but not the will to "take our people out of the gutter" . But then again,keeping people poor,uneducated and "singing songs of economic freedom" ensures success at the ballot!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-15 13:37

    We all know that some mushrooms are very poisonous.....

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-15 13:45

    It seems some of the people commenting here are very asleep,wake up to whats happening now in this country,the past cannot be changed.

  • Kaapseklonk - 2012-04-16 11:49

    Shocking that corruption of ANC government has led to a bankcrupted SA ,who are now borrowing a trillion,because there is not enough money to steal in SA .ANC needs money from aboard to steal and enrich themselves.

  • Kaapseklonk - 2012-04-16 11:49

    Shocking that corruption of ANC government has led to a bankcrupted SA ,who are now borrowing a trillion,because there is not enough money to steal in SA .ANC needs money from aboard to steal and enrich themselves.

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