Fyn­bos hous­ing list fury boils over

Daily Dispatch - - NEWS - BHONGO JA­COB

Dis­grun­tled Fyn­bos res­i­dents, who in­vaded a hous­ing pro­ject and il­le­gally oc­cu­pied 50 RDP houses un­der construction on Thurs­day, say they’re go­ing nowhere.

Spokesman Ger­ald Plaatjies said they have re­peat­edly asked the mu­nic­i­pal­ity about what they be­lieve are ma­nip­u­la­tions to the RDP hous­ing list.

“We en­gaged with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity on the al­lo­ca­tion of th­ese houses. Only 11 have been al­lo­cated to coloured fam­i­lies in a pre­dom­i­nantly coloured area hence that made us un­happy.”

Sev­eral res­i­dents claimed to have been on the wait­ing list for years. Plaatjies said most of the il­le­gal oc­cu­pants paid R1 000 to Lipha Sogcwayi, a com­mu­nity li­ai­son of­fi­cer in the pro­ject. Sogcwayi de­nies it: “I re­ally do not know what to say be­cause they know I did not take any money from any­one. They must come with the po­lice and get their money from me then.”

Plaatjies said: “Lipha said we must pay the money and promised to give us our doc­u­ments after two months. We also called a meet­ing with the coun­cil­lor [Ayanda Mapisa] on Mon­day but she re­fused to come to us be­cause we are coloured peo­ple. She said dur­ing her term as coun­cil­lor no coloured peo­ple will re­ceive a house.”

Mapisa de­nied that the hous­ing list was racially mo­ti­vated and that she dis­crim­i­nated against coloured peo­ple. “The peo­ple who have il­le­gally oc­cu­pied the houses were liv­ing in back­yard shacks with their fam­i­lies.” She said the il­le­gal oc­cu­pants had van­dalised 38 houses on Sun­day and a case was opened with po­lice on Tues­day. “They broke doors and win­dows and made fires from the ceil­ings. We went to the po­lice so they could ac­com­pany me to tell those peo­ple those houses do not be­long to them. I got no help from the po­lice. They said they did not have the man­power to re­move those peo­ple. We had sev­eral meet­ings with them. We gave them a chance to in­ves­ti­gate the peo­ple on the list and they found noth­ing be­cause on that list are peo­ple who were liv­ing in shacks in the in­for­mal set­tle­ment in Sec­tion A (of Fyn­bos) and the hous­ing list does have coloured peo­ple.”

Only 11 have been given to coloured fam­i­lies in a mostly coloured area

Pic­ture: BHONGO JA­COB

NO, NO, WE WON’T GO: Fyn­bos res­i­dents have il­le­gally oc­cu­pied 50 houses.

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