Winnie to advise on informal settlements

2011-08-18 22:23

Brandfort - ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will lead a government task team to advise on the eradication of informal settlements, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said on Thursday.

Sexwale said the formal announcement and the team that would help her would be made known next week.

Madikizela-Mandela and Sexwale visited a women’s building project in Brandfort in the Free State as part of Women’s Month.

It was expected the team would look at all aspects of housing development, including sanitation.

“She will help us develop informal settlements because we cannot solve it without the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela motherly heart,” Sexwale told hundreds of people gathered in Brandfort.

Earlier, he said the country had 2 450 informal settlements and only a woman with a “motherly heart” could help change “prisons” into homes.

“Many houses are still prisons,” he said.

Madikizela-Mandela was kept under house arrest by the apartheid government in Brandfort in the late 1970s.

The provincial government intended turning that house into a museum.

102-year-old gets own home

Before addressing the gathering, Sexwale, Madikizela-Mandela and Free State premier Ace Magashule were driven around in the township from building site to building site, where they helped and talked to the new house owners.

Dressed in blue overalls and purple hard hats, the minister and premier led a government delegation through the Majwemasweu settlement and even tried painting an outside wall.

The government was building 100 houses in Brandfort, of which women were helping to build 55.

Magashule handed title deeds to various women on whose land a new house was being erected.

Sexwale said Madikizela-Mandela’s presence in Brandfort would give people hope that “someday you will be out of a shack”.

The minister said one of those that received her own house was a 102-year-old woman.

“What a shame to be 102 years old and not have a house,” he told the crowd later.

At one of the building sites visited, Selina Motsatsa, 55, was excited to see Sexwale and Madikizela-Mandela visiting a homeowner across the street.

“So bly, dit voel lekker [So glad, it feels nice]."

'Everybody is glad'

Two other women with her, Lidia Jackson, 53, and Amelia Moholo, 56, were also in high spirits.

“Brandfort is now big with Madikizela-Mandela. Here the houses are beautiful,” said a smiling Moholo.

All three women had a young child on their backs under a blanket, with one of their grandchildren sitting at their feet.

“Everybody is glad,” said Jackson, waving at the small crowd of officials squeezed into the yard across the road.

The women’s building project was an annual initiative to commemorate the 1956 women's march to the Union Building against apartheid pass laws.

  • Casie - 2011-08-18 23:09

    Article should start like this: "ANC stalwart and convicted froudster, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will lead a government task team to advise on the eradication of informal settlements" that will explain everything about that. Scorpions dismantled, Hawks uncostitutional, its a party time for the ANC!

      Umfaana - 2011-08-19 01:46

      you are sick buddy, sick

      Met - 2011-08-19 06:37

      Is it Umfaana or Mfene?

      Shadoz - 2011-08-19 08:56

      nicely put casie but her title is not quiet completed it should be anc stalwart and conviceted fraudster and murdered and racist Winnie "i don't know sqaut" Mandela (she don't deserve this surname)

      Netherlands - 2011-08-19 09:22


      Matt :-) - 2011-08-19 09:33

      Winnie Mandela to lead a task force on eradicating shacks. Well, she has experience - she already killed one of its inhabitants + could easily eradicate shacks, given enough tyres and petrol... ANTI WINNIE!

      cliffarc - 2011-08-19 10:45

      - Oh yeah right - Anc have been holding back on this weapon of mass destruction - she's sure to fix the problem. Laughable.

      Darwinian - 2011-08-19 12:13

      + murderer

      LBS - 2011-08-19 17:06

      I don't trust Tokyo either! At one stage I was hoping he would become President, but soon learned that he is a Commie - and I dont trust Commies

      Cruzer91 - 2011-09-13 15:27

      Articles on Kabelo Mabalane, aka BougaLuv always start by 'recovering drug addict...' There's some truth in this.

  • Ex-employer - 2011-08-18 23:31

    Tokyo said "she will develope informal settlements because we cannot solve it without the help of Winnie tht motherly heart". Her works now been made easy, informal Settlements are a given on the South African landscape, along with the piles of rubbish dumped all around the place. They should have made her in charge of population control, informal settlement would dwindle.

      vtowntekkie - 2011-08-19 01:41

      Hier kom kak!

  • Kleinjan - 2011-08-18 23:37

    a Murderer is the best adviser.

  • WantaNewLife - 2011-08-18 23:42

    Motherly instinct-my foot!!Ask the traffic cop she cursed when pulled over if that is the language of a mother. Stompie stumped out. Malema kissed in front of the court crowd. What is this new department going to be called?..WinnieKhaya, perhaps?...Many houses are still prisons- that's so true, in a different sense- thanks to crime, living in a house with burglar bars, security gates, alarms- that's also prison!!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-18 23:52

    I love good humour, but this is a bit over the top. "Winnie to advise" !!!??? "Motherly heart" !!!??? Stompie, what do you say? Should we laugh or cry?

      NightshadowZA - 2011-08-19 08:16

      IBI - If you dont have anything to say. Shut up.

  • Alyson - 2011-08-19 00:04

    Oh my goodness ... whatever next. Order the bitch a bigger mercerdes with a really big ashtray !!!!!!!

  • Alyson - 2011-08-19 00:05

    Oh my goodness ... whatever next. Order the a bigger mercerdes with a really big ashtray !!!!!!!

  • IBI - 2011-08-19 01:31

    I will get others to do the same.

  • jockvanwyk - 2011-08-19 01:46

    jobs for pals?

  • Sophia777 - 2011-08-19 01:53

    The answer is not to "eradicate" the informal settlements, but to put infrastructure in place. An overview of most parts of the world, where poverty exists, shows that informal settlements will naturally evolve. Predict and serve: That is the role of government - if not, tires will burn and children will suffer. Be creative and not judgmental.

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-19 02:00

      Be creative and not judgmental? Tell that to Winnie the evil witch.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-19 09:36

      @ PinkAndProud - evil witch? Thanks for reminding me of Wizard of Oz... Jacob Zuma - no courage Julius Malema - no heart Entire ANC - no brain Winnie Mandela - wicked witch of the South

  • Sophia777 - 2011-08-19 03:11

    To "Pink and Proud": Do you have anything intelligent to contribute?

  • Sophia777 - 2011-08-19 03:41

    I know this topic is receiving attention, because Winnie is involved. Nevertheless, I believe that South Africans (Regardless of creed and colour)are the ones who will find a solution to this challenge. Yes, informal settlements are a natural phenomenon when poverty exists. Yes, SA has the knowledge and skills to deal with it in a creative manner, unlike most other countries in the world. South Africans have a natural tendency toward creative entrepeneurship, solutions and, not to be underestimated, goodwill. There are the "outliers", who only care for themselves and their wealth/poverty, but in general, South Africans are caring people, who do not feel comfortable sleeping warmly/burning tires, while not 5km from them, children are freezing. All they need is a positive and productive way to contribute. So, let us work on that.

      SAF - 2011-08-19 07:28

      Tell the government to stop spending senselessly and then South Africans would work together to make it better for all. But for that to happen hell will have to freeze over first. All this pointing of fingures will never solve anything. Yes work together is the answer but do away with discrimination.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-19 11:09


      Netherlands - 2011-08-19 11:10

      Sophia... BUILD A BRIDGE and GET OVER IT!!! Better still, call MNET, they CARE!!!!

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-08-19 05:17

    Populist woodwork politics. What is a home without jobs, you just create poverty traps. We should be having a education revolution as Knowledge is Power but this is not an easy sell. Who deletes all our posts. Evety time I post it disappears...

  • Peter - 2011-08-19 05:23

    ha, ha, ha, etc!

  • Newsferret - 2011-08-19 05:53

    Good heavens she does not even attend parliament how will she help Tokyo? Maybe he can send her t Shangai to study housing - our gain China's loss.

  • Amangabiz - 2011-08-19 06:18

    well crafted by our Minister but i bet with my life its 2012 ANC General Conference, Someone must be a deputy president... Amanga Biz

  • kingkong - 2011-08-19 06:31

    and say what exactly ,o we need more informal houses what is her portfolio again other then showing up at unexpected places and kissing the brainless one she gets paid for doing what again

  • pitbull - 2011-08-19 06:35

    The Devil finds work for idle hands. Maybe this will keep the witch out of trouble for five minutes. :> It will find her more money to steal and few more people to kill so she can put her mates into the new houses. Tokyo, I am disappointed in you appointing this fraud, liar, thief, murderer in to such a position. Couldn't he find someone with less twisted morals?

  • Andre - 2011-08-19 06:37

    And she would also get rid of the stompies in this town.

  • Andre - 2011-08-19 06:39

    Why is she helping with the eradication of informal settlements if she is only qualified as a gangster? Anything she does turns to sh%t!!!!

      Colin - 2011-08-19 08:05

      Everything the ANC touches or has touched turns to sh1t.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-19 09:29


      Matt :-) - 2011-08-19 09:37

      @ Colin - yup, ANC = Midas in reverse

      Colin - 2011-08-19 09:49

      @ Netherlands : You mean they actually turned a sh1tworks to sh1t!?? HAHAHA!

      Netherlands - 2011-08-19 11:11


  • Deeteem - 2011-08-19 06:46

    So which one will it be ?? "advise on the eradication of informal settlements" or "She will help us develop informal settlements" ???

  • Victor - 2011-08-19 07:00

    mmmm.... more government tenders to give to buddies to rip off the tax payer and get rich... NICE!!

  • Dead Skunk - 2011-08-19 07:12

    A muderer and a drug dealer what combination...

  • daaivark - 2011-08-19 07:18

    HA HA HA HA Winnie advise? Oh Geez. She couldn't advise a fly about which sarmie to crap on. A wonderful early morning joke!

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-19 07:27


  • Cool Sunk - 2011-08-19 07:36

    Most of these informal settlements harbour criminals, who probably have more money in their bank accounts than we do!!! Why not just develop Robben Island and make an informal society where they can live happily and they can stop stealing from us and leaving most homes without power as a result of non-ferrous metal theft. I have an informal settlement 500m from my home, every night we left without poor as cables are being stolen. You call the police they say they are fed-up and the electricity department has cable replacement at the end of their priority list. So do tell me how helping these informal settlement dwellers is going to do any good...Only thing could be, the ANC is losing popularity, they going to need the informal settlement peoples vote or Tokyo Sexwale is casting his rod to fish for the presidency of the country...

  • jen - 2011-08-19 07:40

    Pipe dreams. Informal Settlements will not ever disappear. Not in a million years. In all countries you will get the rich and poor - even in first world countries. People will always flock to cities and towns to look for work. And as long as township folks continue to have children at the current rate, there will never be enough housing. Then you bring in fraud and corruption...

  • dingo - 2011-08-19 07:40

    Where was her motherly heart when she murdered Stompie??

  • Greg - 2011-08-19 07:55

    South Africa's "Mugger of the Nation" is going to provide advice to the poor - while she drives around in her luxury car - complete with body guards......What a sick joke!

      daaivark - 2011-08-19 08:20

      OK, that is amusing. Winnie as "mugger of the nation". I love it!!!

      Greg - 2011-08-19 09:06

      "Mugger of the Nation" was an Australian newspaper headline - and the newspaper article was about Winnie Mandela ....I liked her new "title" and have therefore used it in my comment.

  • braamc - 2011-08-19 08:03

    Best start doing something. Talk, talk talk.

      daaivark - 2011-08-19 08:21

      Actually, in Winnie's case I think I'd prefer her NOT to do something, as she has a tendency to mess up whatever she does, often with really nasty consequences.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-19 09:38

      If she has to do something, she could make use of Hollard's funeral policy

  • zule - 2011-08-19 08:04

    I am trying to work out where all the money is in this little adventure...because this self-serving, greedy and unpleasant lady does absolutely nothing for her people, unless there is some big payout going into her grubby palms.

  • DW - 2011-08-19 09:58

    Easy, Winnie. They can move into the back rooms of your mansions. Oh, I forgot! Last time someone did that you had him bumped off. Poor Stompie

  • zackie - 2011-08-19 10:17

    where has winnie been ...she couldnt find her way to parlamient for all these years no she is going to build there a tender for me?

      Greg - 2011-08-19 10:28

      Change your name to Ju-Ju and you might get the tenders....

  • Cheryl Muir - 2011-08-19 11:46

    ANOTHER HERO OF THE STRUGGLE/ CONVICTED FRAUDSTER TYPE: SHE SHOULD ALSO BE BEHIND BARS, REMEMBER? Winnie Mandela guilty of fraudCampaigner could be jailed for 15 years over banking scam. Share reddit this Rory Carroll in Johannesburg The Guardian, Friday 25 April 2003 08.32 BST Article historyWinnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of Nelson Mandela, could be sentenced to 15 years in jail today after being convicted of fraud and theft in a bungled banking scam. A Pretoria regional court yesterday found South Africa's anti-apartheid campaigner guilty of exploiting her position as head of the African National Congress's women's league to defraud a bank and dozens of ordinary people.

  • beicime - 2011-08-19 14:16

    Who does Tokyo Sexwale wants to impress? Tokyo Sexwale wants to be presidence of South Africa and will support anyone that opens the right doors.

  • rodger w - 2011-08-25 14:18

    If Sexwale is involved with Winnie'THE POOH' Mandela his comments about the farmers should come as no surprise. Winnie only hangs out with racist and the likes of those like Malema and the boys. I smell a pooh coming on.

  • gaeleen - 2011-09-07 10:09

    by the time you set up a TASK TEAM and pay them - you may as well just have plastic moulded shelter erected - save the money of committees etc and put it to use solving the problem

  • mandy - 2011-09-07 18:43

    Winnie, the Minister of Toilets. Couldn't think of a better portfolio for her.

  • kaigs - 2011-09-13 16:09

    if winnie comes out of hospital in a box then justice will have been done

  • frankm - 2011-09-13 16:54

    Be very careful what you say about this lady, I crossed swords with her in 1994 and I lost everything. Bloody bitch

  • Agent Rascal - 2011-09-14 08:01

    Article should read like this:ANC Stalwart and convicted fraudster and murderer Madikizela-Mandela will lead a government task team responsible for 3800 farm murders to advise on the eradication of informal settlements that will explain the fullness of the Party.

  • Marius - 2011-09-26 14:59

    Are women now the only ones who will benifit from this? I guess South Africa don't have any poor and homeless males.

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