[DEBATE] : (Fwd) Siyanda housing protest yesterday
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Wed Apr 15 09:00:03 BST 2009
No homes, no vote threat
April 15, 2009 Edition 2
Nompumelelo Magwaza & Samantha Blair
More than 300 residents of Siyanda, near Newlands in Durban, marched
through KwaMashu yesterday, threatening not to vote in the elections
unless the government did away with transit camps.
The camps comprise temporary shelters for people waiting to be placed in
Siyanda shack dwellers' spokesman, Bongani Ngwenya, also called on the
government to provide them with houses in nearby areas.
A memorandum of their demands was handed over to provincial Housing
Ngwenya said many people had lived in transit camps for more than five
years, waiting for houses.
"We are asking the government to give us houses with proper electricity
and sanitation. We also ask not to be moved away from the urban areas
because we will lose our jobs."
He said shack dwellers would not vote in the April 22 elections because
it would be a "disgrace" to do so while they lived in transit camps.
eThekwini housing committee chairman Nigel Gumede called on the
protesters to speak to the city.
"We have explained about transit camps to the Siyanda residents. They
were told to wait while houses were being built," he said.
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