SAHRC paves way for dialogue between government and backyard dwellers

Following partial and total shutdowns in some areas organised by community movement Gatvol Capetonian, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) seeks to find a solution.

One of the things they were mostly complaining about was lack of housing opportunities for coloured people.

John Maytham speaks to the SAHRC regional chairperson Chris Nissen about a planned summit to find solutions to the problems.

Nissen says a summit will take on the 29th of August.

We're talking here about people that have been on housing waiting lists for 20-40 years. A year ago people were promised that in a year's time there will be houses. It's not as if there is no money and land available; it is about how you deal with the issues.

Chris Nissen, Regional chairperson - South African Human Rights Commission

There must be some answers within the city or in the municipality to say yes are on our list or you were taken off our list or we have a plan for you on this thing or there is money or land identified.

Chris Nissen, Regional chairperson - South African Human Rights Commission

All we want to do is to get those two groups together to say to talk to one another. Let the officials tell how far they are with these issues.

Chris Nissen, Regional chairperson - South African Human Rights Commission

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