George Mari, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlement
The Democratic Alliance has today written to KZN COGTA MEC,Nomusa Dube after it emerged that 16 families, whose homes were affected by floods in November last year, are still living in a community hall. The discovery was made during a multi-party oversight visit to the Havenside Community Hall in Bayview.
According to local ward Councillor, Brandon Pillay, the COGTA department has made funding available for temporary houses but Ethekwini municipality officials are dragging their feet and have not yet found land for the temporary housing. It is intolerable that these families should still be living in a hall some four months later. Not only is it an undesirable situation, it is also unacceptable that a community facility is not available for its intended purpose such as local events and functions.
The Bayview Hall is a Sassa pension and grant pay point, yet there are people living in it. The DA calls on MEC Dube to take swift action. The MEC must ensure that land is made available to the displaced families and that officials who have neglected to do their jobs are held accountable.