News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Tuesday July 16th 2019

City housing official chased out of Makhaza


A city housing official who attempted to explain the People’s Housing Project to residents was chased out of Khayelitsha’s Makhaza Zone 14 by residents on Wednesday afternoon.

City of Cape Town Human Settlements PHP facilitator Myezo Nqentsu was told to leave the area and return when could provide a date as to when the city was going to start building houses in the area.

The incident followed protests during the early hours of Wednesday morning when a group of about 30 residents burnt tyres and scattered rubbish over Walter Sisulu Road, demanding the provision of houses and that 55 installed toilets be connected to sewage infrastructure.

Nqentsu tried to explain to approximately 100 residents who gathered outside a crèche in the area what processes people needed to follow and what kind of houses would be builth.

However, the residents did not allow him to speak, cutting him off with demands for delivery dates.

When ward councillor Mpucuko Nguzo tried to defend Nqentsu, residents said they no longer trusted him.

ANC PR councillor and former ANC Youth League leader (ANCYL) Andile Lili, who had organised Wednesday morning’s protest, said residents did not care about process, but wanted “an exact date on when the houses are going to be built”.

“This is not personal, we are not fighting with Nqentsu. We demand houses which the City of Cape Town failed to build. If you are telling us about process now that means in four to five months these houses won’t be finished,” said Lili.

But there were murmurs from residents at the back of the crowd that Lili was being stubborn.

Nqentsu said Lili was misleading people in order to advance his own political agenda. – Nombulelo Damba

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