N12 residents wait four years for sanitation

Refiloe Nt’sekhe MPL

DA Constituency Head: Kempton Park & Tembisa

MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Jacob Mamabolo, has finally acknowledged that residents of N12 Highway Park informal settlements in Ekurhuleni do not have adequate water and sanitation – four years after being moved to the site.

In December 2010, residents of Bapsfontein Informal Settlement were moved to the un-serviced site along the N12 highway in Ward 24 Ekurhuleni.

In 2011 the Constitutional Court ruled that the relocation was illegal and suitable, serviced alternative land needed to be identified for relocation. This was not done.

Four years later, MEC Mamabolo has finally acknowledged that service delivery in this area is a problem and that it will be receiving urgent attention. He also stated that alternative land for relocation is being identified in the vicinity of Ward 24.

While the DA welcomes the MEC’s plan to ensure that there will be adequate sanitation, water and refuse removal, slow action taken by the ANC led government in Gauteng is an affront to people’s dignity and basic human rights.