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Zille: We can't eradicate all shacks

The Western Cape premier says in Cape Town alone, the population has almost doubled in 15 years.

FILE: Democratic Alliance ( DA ) leader Helen Zillle. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) cannot promise to eradicate all shacks in the province, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said on Monday.

Residents from several informal settlements have been demanding proper housing in recent months.

The Cape Town Informal Settlements Organisation (CTISO) on Friday had to call off a march after they failed to secure a permit.

The march is now set to take place sometime in December.

Zille says they have managed to deliver water to all residents.

"It's always important to understand that this city has grown by 46 percent in 15 years. Cape Town has nearly doubled demographically and that is an extraordinary challenge. Yet the census found that we had delivered basic services of national standard to over 90 percent of the population; with water at 100 percent."

The premier admits there is still a long way to go.

"There are still many people who are not living in houses and we want them to live in houses, obviously. However, the truth is with the growth of this city, I'm never going to promise anybody that we are going to get rid of shacks. It is absolutely impossible at this rate of urbanisation to get rid of shacks."

Zille says her party is looking to win Gauteng in the 2014 general elections.

"We can turn around the chaos in Johannesburg from the billing system to the potholes on the roads. We've got excellent candidates there, we've got an excellent premier candidate and I'm sure it can go very well."

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