Masiphumelele residents up in arms over housing

DA Chief Whip, Mark Wiley says the ongoing protests in Masiphumelele - where a vacant land was invaded over the weekend - are denying people who are really in need an opportunity to get out of the poverty in the area.

Wiley says the invaded land is due to be developed into a habitable area because parts of it was previously declared a wetland and not suitable for residential.

Demolition of shacks, the unavailability of land and the lack of electricity in some areas were some of the concerns which led to recent protests in the area.

That land should be able to be claimed and developed and go to the people on the waiting list who are genuinely the beneficiaries of the state housing scheme.

Mark Wiley, DA Chief Whip

These activists in Masiphumelele have pre-empted the process to prove a political point and have invited people form outside the are to come and invade the land.

Mark Wiley, DA Chief Whip

Kommetjie Road, which was blocked overnight, is now open to traffic - says Wiley. There's heavy police presence in the area.

The average residents of Masiphumelele are law abiding and would like to go to work and they have not given support to this matter.

Mark Wiley, DA Chief Whip

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