Housing mess can’t be blamed on apartheid
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.