By Mervyn Cirota MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Housing:
The DA calls on Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo to urgently explain why four completed Soweto hostels have been left unoccupied for four years and subsequently vandalised.
According to reports residents have been waiting for four years to occupy completed Soweto hostels in Mzimphlophe, Dube, Meadowlands and Diepkloof.
It is alleged that the department requires beneficiaries to earn at least R 3500 monthly and have pay R 750 monthly rental, which many residents say is too high.
It is further alleged that beneficiaries were placed in temporary shelters without to access to decent housing, water, sanitation and electricity. Access to housing is a basic right and failing to deliver on this necessity as a result inefficient management violates people’s dignity.
Instead of leaving housing units empty and at risk of vandalism, the Department of Human Settlements should reduce minimum salary thresholds so as to give the most vulnerable access to housing.
The DA will engage with the Human Settlements portfolio committee to find a viable solution for the beneficiaries of the four hostels.