On Wednesday 29th September) an upset Plettenberg Bay resident who has been on the RDP waiting for 22 years has vowed to force provincial and municipal political campaigners to first fulfil their promises first if they want to win her vote.
In an inclusive interview with JHR, the 47-year-old unemployed mother of two said she is tired of her desperate decent housing situation always being used (as a voter) as a ticket for politicians to get into power.
“Every national and local election different political parties in my area always target desperate people like me.
They come here with big promises that can be delivered if we vote for them. In other words, they use our pain to get rich.
Because I am one of the poorest people in this area, this is a fourth-time political candidates are coming to me promising me a house.’’
According to Mpathi, her area, Transit Camp area is flooded with water gushing from the ground and making it hard for the day to day movement or for children to play outside because it is always muddy.
“When Politicians come here to the campaign they jump over mud and drain water, nocking door to door from the shack to shack, making promises, they are not even afraid of Covid 19 or passing it to us as long as they get our votes”
Regrettably, local/municipal opportunists politicians are using the ongoing campaigning period by making misleading statements about building free RDP houses. Even though other desperate citizens believe that it is important that all citizens understand that human settlement development is the national government constitutional due to restriction.
Session 153 municipal management act clearly states that municipalities are only responsible for giving priority to the basic needs of the community, promote the social and economic development of the community and participate in national and provincial development programmes.”
Councillor Xola Matyile of ward 3 said “ He reported the matter of mud in the area to housing, department and housing knows about that “
Bitou Municipality Communications official Andile Namntu said
I am quite sure that the land was tested and because it was a transit camp that was not supposed to have been there permanently the matter might have deteriorated over the years. The Municipality will never put people recklessly onto land
“The municipality provides basics services and cannot be responsible to maintain peoples houses.
This was supposed to have been a temporary residential camp. I am not sure who stopped people from maintaining their houses because I doubt that the Municipality would do such. “
“The municipality provides basics services and cannot be responsible to maintain peoples houses. This was supposed to have been a temporary residential camp.
I am not sure who stopped people from maintaining their houses because I doubt that the Municipality would do such.” Namntu explained
According to Section 26 of the South African constitution, everyone has a right to have access to adequate housing.
The right to adequate housing is an important basic human right that is recognized in the constitution and international human rights instruments.
This Covid 19 awareness article was produced with the Journalists for Human Rights support.
By Siphokazi Mnyobe