Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
It is regrettable that human lives have been lost in an attempt to evict people from the Kruger Park flats in central Pretoria.
I am not familiar with how municipalities function, but it is clear from media reports that the situation was not handled properly by either the council or top management structure in the Tshwane Metro.
If assessment in terms of possible risks associated with the forced evictions had been done, the situation could have been avoided.
It is even more regrettable that such treatment is meted out to elderly and disabled people.
The victims of xenophobicattacks have been provided with shelter and they demanded the kind of meals they wanted, whereas the residents of Kruger Park are not provided with any alternative accommodation.
Even to date we do not know how much the government has spent on those shelters and other facilities put in place.
The poor people in the Kruger Park and Schubart Park flats were apparently given only 14 days to move out.
Even if a person has a job, how can such a person raise the necessary money and find alternative accommodation in such a short time?
I believe there is a certain level of incompetence with people dealing specifically with this process.
Mahlagaume Motubatse, Silverton