Sexwale hands over 300 houses
TENSION erupted yesterday between residents of the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Langa, Cape Town, and Gugulethu shack dwellers at the handing over of about 300 houses to Joe Slovo residents.
A group of people from Kanana, Barcelona and Europe informal settlements sang derogatory songs about Western Cape premier Helen Zille and demanded houses.
The groups had to be separated by the police.
Barcelona resident Noxolo Mawisa said: "We are not here to fight, we are here to demand our rights. We need houses. We heard that Zille would be here, so we want to ask her when we are going to get houses."
Zille was on the guest list but did not attend.
Her spokesman Zak Mbhele said the handover was scheduled for 8am, but as Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale was not available and it was rescheduled for 11am. Zille could not attend at that time.
Sexwale arrived about an hour after the scheduled time, citing a cabinet meeting with President Jacob Zuma as the reason.
He urged community leaders not to play politics when it comes to development.
"When snow comes it doesn't hit DA members only. This cold wind doesn't choose between someone belonging to the ANC or DA. As minister I'm here to protect these children and ensure they have a roof over their heads," Sexwale said.
He said as department they monitored developers to ensure that they do a good job.
"You must tell the providers to hire people who are living in and around your communities," he urged.
He appealed to the beneficiaries not to sell or rent out their houses.
Nomfundo Ndleleni, 70, who also received a house, said: "I'm delighted to get my own house after such a long time living in shacks. Now I will have nice dreams in my new house."