Hous­ing mess can’t be blamed on apartheid

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

RE­GARD­ING the in­ter­view with ex­pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki ( Week­end Ar­gus, Novem­ber 1), ser­vice de­liv­ery and hous­ing were not men­tioned. It’s all too easy to blame apartheid for the present prob­lems, es­pe­cially the West­ern Cape’s ever-in­creas­ing hous­ing prob­lem, which is largely be­cause of the in­flux of peo­ple from the very back­ward East­ern Cape.

Our own “in­dige­nous” pop­u­la­tion is con­tin­u­ally in­creas­ing, so there’s al­ways go­ing to be a hous­ing short­age.

The ever-in­creas­ing need for houses can­not pos­si­bly be thrown at apartheid.

It’s a pity the East­ern Cape can­not be “per­suaded” to help fi­nance the houses needed here as a re­sult of the in­flux of its pop­u­la­tion loss.

Pop­u­la­tion De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Tokyo Sexwale has said new houses, largely in KwaZulu-Natal, are hav­ing to be torn down and re­built be­cause of bad work­man­ship – enough houses for 15 000 to 20 000 peo­ple and their fam­i­lies. Ob­vi­ously it is vi­tal houses are built prop­erly – for ex­am­ple, with proper mor­tar, not just wet sand. What a mess BEE has made of ev­ery­thing.

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