A community of people living the city of Cape Town have called on the DA metro to give them land for a housing project they want to embark on.
The lesser-known group, which goes by the name Community Habitat Housing Support Group, put forward the shocking demand on Tuesday during a peaceful demonstration held outside the city’s Civic Centre.
They disclosed that the proposed housing project, which they have designed for themselves is one of the ways they wish to change Cape Town city.
The new land group said all that matters to them now is for the government to show them land where they can carry on the construction; adding that they have gained the support of international funders – who are ready to help them financially and otherwise.
“All we need now is land. Some people here have waited 20 years for a house. Throw away the housing list, give us land,” the new land group demanded.
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Commenting on the matter, chairperson of the group Matys Markgraft, said the move follows government’s refusal to give some people land for many years.
He further explained that about 395 people had developed a sustainable housing project for Kuils River and had been asking the city for a piece of land to build it on since 2005.
Markgraft maintained that Kuils River residents will not rest until the government grants their wish. The spokesperson told reporters that the group will soon present a memorandum with this demand to Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, the province’s Premier Helen Zille, and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Calls for land grab and other land matter have continued to make headlines across the country in recent time. In September, residents of the Corrie Sanders informal settlement at Oukasie near Brits marched to the Madibeng local municipality.
The group asked the municipality to buy them land from private owners so as to pave way for their permanent stay in the city. They threatened not to move out of Corrie Sanders until the Madibeng municipality gives them a permanent place to stay.
The protest pulled about 200 people who gathered in front of the municipal building chanting and blowing vuvuzela. One of them was spotted with a placard which read: “People first, Nkandla later”. Another protester’s poster read: “No eviction, Corrie Sanders my home.