De Lille to handle housing issues

Activists say they will only be briefed on Sunday on the outcome of Thursday’s meeting.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille in coversation. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Most issues raised by disgruntled informal settlement activists will now be handled by Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's office said on Thursday.

Religious leaders, who stepped in to mediate a stand-off between activists and Zille, met with Western Cape government officials earlier in the day.

Activists say they will only be briefed on Sunday on the outcome of Thursday's meeting.

In the interim, de Lille's office released a statement saying religious leaders have been given a full breakdown of the city's pro-poor policies and initiatives.

The mayor says a sub-committee compromising of three representatives from each side will be established to monitor programmes.