Macassar housing woes continue

Housing officials will visit Macassar this morning after violent protests last week.

Hundreds of disgruntled residents marched through the streets in Macassar to demand proper housing on 25 June 2014. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Macassar ward councillor says there's no quick solution for the area's housing woes.

Housing officials are visiting the area this morning following last week's violent protests.

Residents have apparently been misinformed about plans to relocate Nomzamo residents to the township.

There are reportedly 5,000 backyard dwellers in Macassar.

Ward councillor John Heuvel says it will take time to correct the wrongs of the past and ensure a house for every resident.

"I know that people are looking and want houses but houses can only be issued to people who are on the waiting list."

Some residents have told Eyewitness News they've been on the city's housing waiting list for more than four decades.

But Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille is adamant the waiting list for decades will be prioritised.