The Democratic Alliance has been saddened this past week by large-scale issues of housing, and unlawful occupation of land. The most recent incident at the McCarthy plot which is owned by the municipality in Ward 49, happened when angry residents in Uitenhage invaded the land and erected shacks.
Empty and broken promises and endless excuses from Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) on RDP houses have fuelled this illegal invasion. The ANC government continues to ignore the real needs of people. Houses in Uitenhage must be built, land must be developed and money must be spent transparently.
This unpleasant scene could have been avoided. The NMB local government knows that housing is massively contentious right now, and yet the municipality continues to ignore obvious and blatant pleas for assistance from communities. Numerous NMB committee and public meetings have raised this exact issue.
Similar tensions were evident in 2013 when residents from Uitenhage rioted over the municipality’s failure to deliver RDP housing.
What makes this matter worse is that a council meeting scheduled for Friday, 7 August 2015, was postponed without any explanation where plans would have been discussed to develop the McCarthy plot. This dereliction of duty by Council has now opened the floodgates for a land invasion.
The DA is set on winning Nelson Mandela Bay in 2016, and thereafter the DA will prioritise housing delivery and housing construction, to drastically reduce the housing backlog through an open and transparent housing allocation process that will become a publically accessible document.
Cllr Franay van der Linder
Ward 49 Councillor
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