Patricia Kopane MP
DA Free State Provincial Leader
The DA calls on the ANC to intervene in the matter between the Bokamoso evictees and the Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality with immediate effect.
Families were evicted from their houses two weeks ago and moved to a fire station in Mandela Park where they had to endure inhumane conditions. They were promised better conditions and were thus moved to Makwane Youth Centre where they had to endure even worst conditions.
At Makwane Youth Club , there are 92 people kept there with only 28 blankets, running short of matresses. The victims are using rented temporary toilets which are not emptied. They are currently overflowing and are causing a serious health risk.
Qwaqwa is the coldest area but the victims are without heaters. The majority of the people here are sick.
Social Development MEC Ms. Sisi Ntombela promised to move the victims to a better shelter whilst the municipality is busy doing means test in order to find them a suitable accommodation.
Only 51 people were moved to Snake Park by the municipality where they erected zinc structures. The rest has been moved from one worst place to another.
The DA views this as a violation to human dignity; it is a sad thing when the very same institution that is supposed to protect their rights is the same institution that is violating them.
We urge the ANC to be consistent in this matter and deploy a minister to use the same powers Minister Lindiwe Sisulu used to intervene in the matter between Lwandle residents in Cape Town and SANRAIL.
The DA will not fold hands and watch whilst the people’s dignity is being violated. I will write to the South African Human Rights Commission and lodge a formal complaint.