DA KZN: MEC must ensure fair housing list in Lamontville

Hlanganani Gumbi, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements

The DA calls on KZN Human Settlements MEC, Ravi Pillay to proactively engage with eThekwini Municipality so that a fair, transparent and accountable housing allocation list is established and published before the completion of the Lamontville Ministerial Housing Project.

The appeal comes after reports that the Municipality is fast-tracking housing delivery in Lamontville through the densification of buildings in order to try and clear informal settlements within the Metro.

The DA welcomes this initiative.

Lamontville is an ideal opportunity for the MEC to prove his commitment to preparing the province for the implementation of proper allocations and waiting lists.

The current land invasion and violent public protest action in Pietermaritzburg are proof of how wrong things can go when councillors are involved in the allocations process or ward committees.

MEC Pillay must ensure that this situation is not repeated at Lamontville.  He must ensure that there is no political interference in the handing over of houses and that impartial officials, using fair criteria, decide on the allocations and make them public ahead of time.