The Western Cape's Human Settlements Department has vehemently denied claims that officials are forcibly removing families from their rented government units through rental price hikes.
Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela says that the allegations are untrue and explains that there are no rental hikes exceeding the terms of the Rental Housing Act.
All our tenants, including pensioners, are paying between 25% and 30% of their income as the rent. No one is paying more than that.— Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC of Human Settlements
Madikizela added that tenants are not being evicted, amid claims that the department had evicted a mother, Lee Ann Baxter, and her 16-year-old son.
There are claims that we are kicking people out. Again, that is not entirely true... Mrs Baxter was never our tenant. We have no lease agreement with her. We were alerted by the neighbours that someone moved in to our rental stock in Sanddrift.— Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC of Human Settlements
The department's rental units include the Mandarin Court Rental Flats in Gardens, Rugby Rental Flats in Milnerton, La Colline Rental Flats in Stellenbosch, De Waal Drive Rental Flats, Sanddrift East, and Naruna Estate Rental Flats.
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