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'Shack here please'

By Peter Dlamini | Jul 13, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 6 ]

DA council orders man to raze his brick house in squatter area

THE City of Cape Town says a man who built a brick house in an informal settlement must tear it down because it is a safety hazard.

Though the city has no intention of demolishing any of the shacks in the West Beach informal settlement in Cape Town's Du Noon, they have given Dayi Mondreki, 48, until today to tear down his house or else they will demolish it.

Mondreki was lauded by his neighbours for building a better home for his four children after living for 11 years in a rickety shack.

But the city's anti-land invasion unit head Stephen Hayward confirmed that the city had served Mondreki with a notice to demolish his house.

"If a building collapses and kills someone and if that building did not comply with the health and safety regulations, the owner will be held responsible," Hayward said.

He said the land belonged to the city and as such people could not do anything without getting permission.

Hayward did not say why there was no problem with shacks that were on the city's land and which could also fall down and injure people.

The notice has not only enraged Mondreki but also his neighbours, who say their living conditions are bad. They were planning to emulate Mondreki by building brick houses on their own rather than waiting to receive RDP houses.

Mondreki's wife, Nobuntu, said five city officials stormed into their newly built brick house last week and demanded an explanation as to who had given them permission to build a brick house on the city's land.

She said they were then given seven days notice to demolish their new house.

Mondreki said he built his house with bricks he had salvaged from dumping sites.

"I only bought cement. We decided to build a brick house because it is winter and when it rains our shack floods," he said.

Beatrice Mtati, 46, said residents in the area had vowed at a meeting to defend Mondreki's house.

"Instead of improving our living conditions they want to make our lives difficult. We will also build brick houses because our living conditions are so bad," said Mtati.

She accused the city of gunning for a man who was trying to uplift himself, instead of doing its job and fixing the communal flush toilets that broke down in June and have since been emitting an "unbearable stench".

Dlamini Mdlalo, 58, who has lived in the informal settlement for 10 years, said by providing his family with a better home Mondreki had shown that he was a man.

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What crap!
So now people must only build shacks?

Jul 13, 2011 7:7 | 0 replies

This is crazy, who wants to stay in a shack for ever no no this is not on

Jul 13, 2011 8:5 | 0 replies

@bukho1

Well why do people want RDP houses rent them out and go back to living in the shack? Some clearly want to live in a shack forever

Jul 14, 2011 9:46 | 0 replies

White man always wants a black man to obey!

Jul 14, 2011 11:41 | 0 replies

Maphatlhola
White man always wants a black man to obey!
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That is such a typical cheap remark. Who says the man is white? Anyway die Baas is lankal dood, ne? So know you are wrong.

Jul 15, 2011 11:13 | 0 replies

FACT: DA is racist and their policy is no black person should progress in life. So disgusting. ANC should formulate a serious plan to ensure that own black sisters and brothers are rescued from the apartheid agents like hellen "miss ugly" zille. Small black lead parties in western cape should swallow their pride and merge with ANC to free the people of WC from oppression. Please IFP, UDM,ACDP, and the likes merge and form a strong opposition for DA. Other provinces are free (on paper but not reallity). It will be better that WC is lead by black political party.

In the meantime for the rest of us in other 8 provinces, let us ensure that we fight and refuse to be oppressed by our own black brothers and sisters. Also another major battle is to ensure that black people take ownership of the economy. The fact is 99.9 percent of private companies are owned and controlled by whites. And of those, 92% are white foreigners who call themselves investors. The fact is the role of current government and black people is to provide "admin support" for the white minority.

Jul 15, 2011 11:47 | 0 replies