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Shack dwellers want houses

Cape Town shack dwellers said they had yet to see tangible proof of freedom in their everyday lives.

EWN generic
Local

Cape Town shack dwellers on Friday said they had yet to see tangible proof of freedom in their everyday lives.

A group of people residing in informal settlements and backyards protested in Gugulethu on Freedom Day.

They said they had no reason to celebrate freedom.

Protestors marched to a City of Cape Town depot in Gugulethu where they demanded faster housing delivery.

Malusi Njoli said he has waited in vain to be freed from the humiliation of living in a shack in someone's backyard for over 40 years.

"I was born and bred here in Cape Town. I’ve been staying in a backyard since I was born from 1968 until now."

Chairperson of the Gugulethu Backyarders, Mhlobo Gunguluzi, said people were angry because they have yet to see the freedom they were promised.

"The freedom is only for the few people, those who are rich, otherwise we are not free."

The backyarders want government to allocate a bigger part of its budget to housing.

In 2011, Human Settlement Minister Tokyo Sexwale called on businesses to help deal with the housing backlog.

The minister said the country was still faced with a housing backlog go of 2.3 million houses and still has to rectify shoddy construction.

An estimated 12 million people are still without decent houses.
 
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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