Nyanga residents get new homes
Some Nyanga residents finally received their homes after years of controversy.
CAPE TOWN - Some Nyanga residents finally received their homes after years of controversy.
Construction of the Boys Town Housing Project has been delayed several times due to vandalism and protests.
According to provincial authorities, at least four people were killed in clashes.
Western Cape authorities handed over the first units to recipients earlier on Thursday.
Police vehicles and officers kept watch outside the gates of the construction site, amid fears of further protests.
At a nearby tent, residents sang and danced where Premier Helen Zille and Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela addressed the crowd.
It was not long before red ribbons were cut and a handful of elderly residents received their new homes.
Resident Elizabeth Thwala (75) said it was a good day.
Madikizela agreed saying it took more than 10 years and three contractors to get the project off the ground.
In March, the MEC admitted that the province was facing a housing backlog.
The City of Cape Town alone has about 400,000 people awaiting houses.
Some 500,000 are waiting for houses in the Western Cape alone.