In his 2016 acceptance speech, the Executive Mayor, Cllr Mzwandile Masina, made bold promises to the residents of the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE). He promised that 100 000 housing units and 59 000 serviced stands would be provided to the residents by the end of his term in Office.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ekurhuleni finds it concerning that three years into Mayor Masina’s term and only about 28% of the housing units have been built. In the July 2019 Council Meeting, Mayor Masina confirmed that only 28 000 housing units have been built and less than 10% of the serviced stands promised have been allocated.
“We are immensely concerned over the slow rollout of housing in Ekurhuleni. We have seen an increase in the number of informal settlements and less houses being built under the ANC-led coalition government. The residents of the CoE honestly deserve better, not a government that continuously preaches to be pro-poor when it suits them,” said Cllr Daniel Nxangani.
According to Cllr Nxangani, the slow pace of reform throughout the CoE has been the cause of many social ills. People are currently living in squalor and in the most inhumane of circumstances.
“Residents are growing tired of empty promises and are frustrated by the ANC’s lethargic approach to remedy these issues. Access to adequate housing is a basic human right, as recognised in our Constitution. Yet, the Mayor and the CoE are denying so many Ekurhuleni residents this basic right. All the Mayor has managed to do is create unrealistic expectations. How does the Mayor expect to build 72 000 housing units in 24 months when he has only managed to build 28 000 in 36 months?” Questioned Nxangani
“To add insult to injury, when the houses are eventually built, they are not given to their rightful beneficiaries. Too many residents in the City have fallen victim to housing fraud, where unscrupulous officials have taken advantage of unsuspecting victims, selling them RDP houses and stands. The Mayor needs to stop grand standing in the media and get to the urgent task of cracking down on housing corruption that is plaguing this Metro.”
Nxangani has also highlighted that metros run by the DA have prioritize on providing houses better than the ANC in Ekurhuleni
“It has been proven that in DA run metros, housing is an absolute priority and that is exactly what the DA in Ekurhuleni is working towards. As a party that is committed to creating one South Africa for all, we will continue holding the ANC to account until they fulfil their mandate of providing adequate housing for the people of this City.’ He said
He concuded by saying v that, the ANC has lost touch with the people on the ground and as a service-oriented opposition government, they will hold them accountable and ensure that they deliver on the promises made and stamp out corruption in this vital oversight.