Sisulu slammed for 'arrogant' comments

Lindiwe Sisulu earlier suggested that only people older than 40 must be given free housing.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties have slammed Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu's suggestion that only people older than 40 years must be awarded free houses from government.

Sisulu made the statement at a conference in Durban earlier today.

She said anybody above the age of 39 will not be government's priority unless they have special needs or involve child-headed households.

The Inkatha Freedom Party has called Sisulu arrogant for making the statement.

The party's Bonginkosi Dhlamini says, "About three months ago, young people were urged to go and vote, the minister cannot by a stroke of her pen strip them of their rights."

Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has also condemned the limitation in the strongest possible way, saying the African National Congress has made false promises.

"She would have subjected an entire generation into being hobos. She is part of the government that is incapable of providing jobs and education."

Sisulu said government has made it clear from the start but many young people still have the expectation of free housing.