HOUS­ING HOPES DASHED

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SHACK dwellers in Barkly West have re­acted with out­rage af­ter thou­sands of ap­pli­ca­tion forms for low cost hous­ing were found dumped in the veld just out­side the town ear­lier this week.

Among the dumped doc­u­men­ta­tion were also hun­dreds of copies of ID doc­u­ments.

The com­mu­nity sus­pects that these forms were dumped by the Dik­gat­long Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, to whom the doc­u­ments were sub­mit­ted.

Yes­ter­day com­mu­nity mem­bers re­acted with out­rage, stat­ing that their hopes of re­ceiv­ing houses had been shat­tered fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of the dumped doc­u­ments.

“We have de­ter­mined that the doc­u­ments con­tain ap­pli­ca­tion forms for low cost hous­ing, as well as the ID doc­u­ments of ap­pli­cants that were sub­mit­ted to the Dik­gat­long Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in a bid to se­cure houses. Most of these ap­pli­cants are liv­ing in shacks and went through the effort of ob­tain­ing and com­plet­ing the doc­u­ments, as well as mak­ing copies of and cer­ti­fy­ing their ID doc­u­ments. How­ever, all that effort is now in vain, as these doc­u­ments were sim­ply dumped in the veld, like trash,” res­i­dents said.

They added that the dump­ing showed the to­tal dis­re­gard the Dik­gat­long Mu­nic­i­pal­ity had for its res­i­dents liv­ing in shacks, with­out ba­sic ser­vices like wa­ter and elec­tric­ity.

“Those who thought they were on a wait­ing list to re­ceive a house will now have to re­peat the en­tire ap­pli­ca­tion process. If we did not find the dumped doc­u­ments, hun­dreds, if not thou­sands of ap­pli­cants would still be un­der the im­pres­sion that they had ap­plied for a house, while in ac­tual fact these ap­pli­ca­tions were rot­ting away in the veld,” they added.

“What is most frus­trat­ing is the fact that there are no guar­an­tees that the Dik­gat­long Mu­nic­i­pal­ity will con­sider the ap­pli­ca­tions that were now made, as they have al­ready shown that these doc­u­ments we con­sider to be ex­tremely im­por­tant, ac­tu­ally means noth­ing to them.”

The res­i­dents added that they had re­ceived no feed­back from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity fol­low­ing ques­tions about the dump­ing and that they were now con­sid­er­ing tak­ing le­gal ac­tion.

The Dik­gat­long Mu­nic­i­pal­ity was yes­ter­day not avail­able for com­ment to es­tab­lish if the doc­u­ments had, in fact, been dumped by the lo­cal au­thor­ity.

FUM­ING: Sup­plied

Barkly West res­i­dents are fu­ri­ous af­ter find­ing thou­sands of ap­pli­ca­tions for low cost hous­ing and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments dumped in the veld.Pic­ture:

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