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WC housing takes spotlight at Sopa debate

Nomzamo was thrust back into the spotlight during a Sopa debate.

Children in Nomzamo searching through rubble trying to source material to rebuild their house on 13 June 2014. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape's housing problems took centre stage during a debate in the Provincial Legislature on Tuesday.

Opposition parties expressed concern over the issue during a debate on the State of the Province Address (Sopa).

Recent forced evictions in the Nomzamo informal settlement near Strand thrust the issue back in the spotlight.

Watch: _Cape evictions leave hundreds homeless _

"It is not the responsibility of government to build people houses."

It was this statement by Human Settlements MEC Nkosi Madikizela that sparked a debate about the province's housing problem.

The Democratic Alliance (DA)-led Western Cape government was strongly criticised by opposition parties for failing to adequately address the province's serious need for proper housing.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s Nazier Paulsen says, "It is enshrined the constitution."

But Madikizela hit back saying, "There is nowhere in the constitution where it says government must give people free houses or build houses for people."

The African National Congress (ANC) blamed the DA for not finding a proper solution to the problem.