live

Let us address the concerns of backyarders, says MEC of Human Settlements, as it happened

accreditation

Last Updated
Live News Feed
Go to start

27 Mar 2018

WATCH: MEC of Human Settlements says backyarders' concerns are genuine; time to address their plight

27 Mar 2018

ANC Statement on the Land protests in Hermanus

ANC in the Western Cape condemns in the strongest possible terms the destruction of critical infrastructure and violence accompanying the community protests for land in Hermanus in the Overberg Region in Western Cape.

The leaders of these protests have acknowledged that certain elements who are not part of these legitimate community protests took advantage of the protests and set alight libraries and police stations and private vehicles and as the ANC we ask the law enforcement to deal with these elements decisively and bring all responsible to book.

The ANC however would like to state it categorically that we support the community call for prime land to build integrated and quality houses.

This is the cause we have been fighting for over and against a DA government that fears integration. We have watched over the period of the DA's control of the municipality in coastal towns like Hermanus, Caledon, Grabouw, a troubling phenomenon that has made these towns meaner and more divided.

The DA municipalities have been relentlessly selling off municipal land to make room for silos of luxury safe-deposit boxes across these towns further entrenching the historic division between where the rich and where the poor live.

As the ANC we have seen emergence of investment units, sold to overseas and local elites and never inhabited for most of the year, substituting community for vacancy. This means the more we build, the more our cities are emptied, producing dead swathes of zombie enclaves.

These moves by the municipality have created deep resentments within communities where private developers are left unchecked, going off the rails with local leaders misguided into allowing a great mortgage mirage. These schemes have cause irreparable harm to our towns and cities.

All DA-runned Municipalities, led by the City of Cape Town have been allowing this selling off of municipal land to private developers to balloon beyond all reason, in the hope of creaming off the fat of developers’ profits for the so called public good.

ANC calls local authorities in Hermanus to start being pro-active in their manner of governing and not allow their authority to be usurped by an illicit relationship between the DA and private developers.

All development must have a bias of creating a more inclusive Hermanus not one that entrenches the divisions of the past.

The Mayor and local leaders must do everything in the interest of their own people and must always consult with them for any development in their town.

As the ANC we also call on the Land Imbizos to begin in earnest so that our people can have a sense of timelines and land allocations for inclusive low-cost housing for themselves and their children. 

27 Mar 2018

Celebrations on the Zwelihle community ground as MEC arrives. (Zukile Daniel, News24)
Celebrations on the Zwelihle community ground as MEC arrives. (Zukile Daniel, News24)

27 Mar 2018

A community meeting is expected to commence at 14:00 in the Zwelihle Community Hall, spokesperson for the human settlements MEC Ntomboxolo Makoba-Somdaka has confirmed.

This after MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela met with local residents' committee members earlier on Tuesday.

News24's Jenni Evans is in Hermanus and will attend the meeting.

27 Mar 2018

WATCH: Foreign families affected by Hermanus protests seek safety in a mosque

27 Mar 2018

Hermanus protests: 'Amaparapara behind violence, vandalism'

A community member who has been part of the protests in Hermanus has blamed "drug addicts" for the violence that gripped the coastal town on Monday.

Speaking to News24 outside a gutted library, Masibulele Jimlongo said before starting the protest, the community had decided as a collective not to destroy property.

"We decided that we will never break a school and a library, but there are what we call amaparapara who break the library," he said adding that the addicts were the ones responsible for the vandalism of property and were hiding behind the community's genuine grievances.

<p><strong>Hermanus protests: 'Amaparapara behind violence, vandalism'</strong></p><p>A community member who has been part of the protests in Hermanus has blamed "drug addicts" for the violence that gripped the coastal town on Monday.</p><p>Speaking to News24 outside a gutted library, Masibulele Jimlongo said before starting the protest, the community had decided as a collective not to destroy property.</p><p>"We decided that we will never break a school and a library, but there are what we call amaparapara who break the library," he said adding that the addicts were the ones responsible for the vandalism of property and were hiding behind the community's genuine grievances.</p><p><strong></strong></p>
Read more...

27 Mar 2018

WATCH: The Hermanus protests explained

Overstrand municipality ward 5 committee member, Masibulele JImlongo, shares his views on what triggered the ongoing Hermanus protests. He spoke to News24 on Tuesday March 27, outside the Zwelihle library.

27 Mar 2018

PICS: Protests in Hermanus as residents demand land

Protesters remain in stand-off with the police in the coastal town of Hermanus as people try to invade land.

See pictures...

27 Mar 2018

Hermanus protests: 'We have been waiting for houses for 20 years

There are rows of newly-built houses, with windows smashed in and doors ripped out in Swartdam Road, Zwelihle.

Behind a group of foot soldiers, holding the rubble-strewn frontline of Hermanus, smoke billows from the still-smouldering waste centre in Mbeki Road – a signal to all entering the town that the residents of Zwelihle are not happy.

"We have been renting here for 20 years, waiting for a house," said one woman angrily.

"I was on a waiting list. I was next," a woman says, pointing at the small units over the road."

Now somebody else gets the house."

Read more...

27 Mar 2018

MEDIA STATEMENT

Killing of SAPS members and torching of police stations is high treason, says Police Portfolio Committee

Parliament – The killing of South African Police Service (Saps) members and the torching of police stations is high treason and perpetrators of these crimes should receive the highest sanction possible from the judicial system, the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Mr Francois Beukman, has said.

“The Portfolio Committee on Police is of the view that the attacks on the law enforcement fraternity and facilities in the last 72 hours should be dealt with by the Saps swiftly and directly.

The perpetrators should be arrested and face the full wrath of the law. We will support all steps within the legislative framework to secure and protect law enforcement officers and property of the state,” he said. 

Beukman was reacting to the killing of a police officer outside his home in Bloemfontein on Sunday and the torching of a Saps satellite station in the Overstrand Municipality on Monday.

Beukman said the Portfolio Committee is saddened by another senseless killing of a member of the Saps and extends the committee’s condolences to the family of the deceased and the Saps.

"We call again on any member of the community to help the police in finding and arresting the perpetrators of the heinous crime. We trust that the National Commissioner will ensure that all necessary resources are made available to the team investigating the attack."

The torching and damaging of police stations and satellite stations is hugely detrimental to communities, because it directly affects the ability of the police to deal with crime effectively.

Damage to police stations means that resources meant for the building for new ones and the upgrading of existing stations will be negatively affected. 

"We call on the leaders in all communities to direct their members to ensure that the infrastructure and facilities of the Saps do not become the target of criminals and arsonists. Police stations are there to serve all citizens and should never be used as a tool for short-term gain.

"There is a duty on all patriotic South Africans who value the Constitution and the principles of constitutionalism to act within the law and support the work of those entrusted with the law enforcement duty of the Republic of South Africa," Beukman said. 

27 Mar 2018

Nkoana-Mashabane: "We all don’t want land grabs, we have enough arable land for all our people."

27 Mar 2018

Nkoana-Mashabane: "The law must continue doing what it is good at to deal with land grabs. We acknowledge that it can't be 2018, after spending 50bn, only 4% has gone back (to blacks)."

27 Mar 2018

Dear President Ramaphosa, it's time to visit Hermanus

It is increasingly clear that the ANC-led government of President Cyril Ramaphosa has, with respect, no clue how to deal with the fallout over the adoption of a motion to consider land expropriation without compensation.

EFF councillors are victoriously leading their followers to the Promised Land, white racists have found a new hero in a nutty Australian minister who treats them like refugees, and the DA is warning its supporters in Fourways that the land occupiers will come for their townhouses next.

On Monday the police had to fire teargas and rubber bullets at protestors in Hermanus in the Western Cape – many of them identified as EFF supporters – who came to occupy the land. A factory was burned, flats and cars were stoned and razed, a police station was set alight, and foreign shopkeepers were assaulted and chased away. The majority of victims were black.

Read full column...
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 1500 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 8224 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 1709 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.47
-2.2%
Rand - Pound
21.05
-0.0%
Rand - Euro
18.91
-0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.09
-0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.0%
Platinum
974.02
0.0%
Palladium
1,623.95
0.0%
Gold
1,865.16
0.0%
Silver
22.35
0.0%
Brent Crude
79.94
-2.8%
Top 40
74,082
+0.6%
All Share
80,241
+0.6%
Resource 10
75,186
+0.7%
Industrial 25
103,461
+0.8%
Financial 15
16,550
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE