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I read your article about the horrible living conditions that many people live in in the Joburg City Centre (Sowetan, October 9.)
I like your journalists' neutral style, but I really must disagree with whoever told them that the situation is a result of complex political factors. First, we should not even bring politics into housing - this is a humanitarian issue. Secondly, there really is no need for the issue to become complicated. It is very simple. People end up living in these awful conditions as a result of three factors.
Firstly, they are misinformed. Many inner city residents will happily pay for their share of services, but more often than not they pay the wrong people. They are told lies or intimidated into continuing paying huge sums for unliveable space.
Which leads to the second factor. There is no proper enforcement of inner city housing regulations. Sure, there are agents who check, but many are stretched thin investigating, and a few are on the take and involved in the very corruption they are supposed to stop. If we had proper housing policy, could people live in garbage dumps?
Lastly, we need a proper social housing policy. While I realise that evictions are necessary to prevent unnecessary deaths, where are people supposed to go when they are thrown out on the streets? Many hijack other buildings.
Councillor Ann Barnes, Johannesburg