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WC verifies housing lists

The Western Cape Human Settlements Department has begun verifying housing beneficiary lists.

Western Cape Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Human Settlements Department has begun verifying housing beneficiary lists for residents of the Malawi and Freedom Farm informal settlements.

Earlier on Monday, community members from both settlements protested by blocking parts of the Stellenbosch Arterial, Modderdam Road and 35th Avenue.

They were demanding access to basic services and decent housing.

According to officials, at least 10 people were arrested in demonstrations.

Western Cape Human Settlements spokesperson Bruce Oom said, "Once verification has been completed, Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela will go to the community and inform them of who qualifies."

The province's housing backlog stretches back 24 years, with around 500,000 people waiting for homes.

In the City of Cape Town alone, some 400,000 residents are waiting for houses.