DA writes to HRC over wholly unfair eThekwini housing allocation policy

By: George Mari, MPL DA KZN Alternate Spokesperson on Human Settlements THE DA has today written to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) requesting a thorough investigation into the housing allocation policy currently being considered by ANC members within the eThekwini Metro Council. A recent media report confirmed that a motion to adopt the policy – which will allow the municipality to allocate just 1% of all council houses to minority groups – was tabled and approved during a recent Council meeting. The Democratic Alliance regards the policy in question as wholly discriminatory and unfair. According to the 2011 National census eThekwini ‘s population of 3,5million is made up of the following; Black Africans 73,85% White 6, 6% Indian/Asian 16, 7% Coloured 2, 5% Other 0, 4% Research also shows that StatsSA indicates that an average of 29% of the population within metros around the country could be considered ‘minorities’. The SA Constitution makes the following provisions in terms of housing; – Everyone has the right to have access to adequate housing – The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to achieve the progressive realization of this right… Act 2 under Housing also states that everyone has the right to administrative action that is lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair while under Section 9 (Equality) states; – Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law – Equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and freedoms…… – The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender sex……. Based on this, there can be no possible legal or constitutional basis for the introduction of a policy which excludes so many from the right to housing. The DA is now awaits a response from the HRC. We are prepared to fight the ANC-led Metro on this issue. [end] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################