Grabouw anti-land invasion unit update, 575 000 on housing waiting list

Human Settlements MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela, says plans, to relocate residents from the Grabouw Informal Settlement near Pineview, were afoot after last year's protests.

Residents demanding basic services from Theewaterskloof municipality torched a traffic department to the ground and blockaded the N2 highway after the anti-land invasion unit and police demolished structures on government-owned land.

On Thursday, CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies received a call from Bryan in Hermanus about the land invasion issue and how volatile that situation could still be. He says thousands of shacks have sprung up in extension to the informal settlement.

Madikizela spoke to Kammies to explain the extent of the housing crisis in the province.

Madikizela says 575 000 families are still waiting to receive housing in the province and insist lawlessness will not be tolerated.

We had a number of engagements with people, land owners.....For us to do anything on the land, land must be transferred to the municipality, and up until now that hasn't happened.

MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela,Western Cape Human Settlements

I put my foot down on this, there are thousands of law abiding citizens in the Western Cape who have been waiting for years, we can never ever condone lawlessness and jump up and down and people who are breaking the law and evading land at the expense of those people who have been waiting for years.

MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela,Western Cape Human Settlements

In the broader context, the reality is that human settlements is the biggest issue in South Africa, more so in the Western Cape because of huge migration challenges, the last time we checked there are more than 575 000 families on the waiting list.

MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela,Western Cape Human Settlements

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