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City condemns burning of Langa facilities

Western Cape Human Settlements MEC, Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela says he is not happy with the manner in which people of Langa voiced their frustrations.

He says he understands that people are frustrated but this is not about a lack of service delivery, it's about limited resources.

People are are competing for resources and want to be first on the receiving end, he says.

Langa residents took to the streets on Tuesday protesting over housing and service delivery in the area. A post office, community library as well as trains were torched and people were prevented from going to work and school.

Several meetings were held in the past to discuss these issues and try to find solutions, says Madikizela

We must never ever try to justify the frustrations of people by burning down facilities and blocking the roads, that can never be justified in any way.

Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape Human Settlements MEC

According to Madikizela, the city is in the process of completing 400 Community Residential Units (CRU) units in Langa. There are three phases of development projects which will result in 1 300 CRU units in the area.

He also says it takes time to develop areas and the city spends a lot of money to move people so that they can develop these areas.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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