Member of Parliament for the Economic Freedom Fighters, Mmabatho Mokause, said the South African government was failing to deliver on its housing obligations.
Mokause said South Africans were growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of service delivery by the Jacob Zuma administration, adding that protests like those that took place in Eldorado Park and Ennerdale earlier this month would continue if the status quo remained unchanged.
She said Human Settlements Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu’s claims that the ANC was delivering on housing, was misleading.
“The Economic Freedom Fighters reject this budget vote. Just a week ago, residents of Eldorado Park and Ennerdale in Gauteng started protesting over the lack of housing,” said Mokause.
“And the new Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba says that he inherited a city with a backlog of more than 300 000. In one block of flats in Eldorado Park, Extension 8, there are about 23 people living together in two bedroom flats, whilst the ANC stands here and grandstands, saying that on a daily basis they are providing housing to the poor South Africans,” added Mokause.
She said the leadership of the African National Congress lacked vision, adding that it was ultimately South Africans that went on to suffer because of it.
“This is after 23 years of visionless leadership, by the Zuma government. In March, residents of Section Four of Gugulethu embarked on what later turned out to be violent protests for a lack of adequate housing, for the people of the Western Cape.
“These are just a few examples of thousands of protests every year, which are evidence of growing frustration of our people, at government ineptitude and corruption. Today, over 16 percent of South Africans live in informal settlements.
“But today, we heard the Minister saying that on a daily basis, they are delivering housing to the poor communities. That’s not true.”