Hout Bay locals demand proper housing

Residents of Hangberg and the local township Imizamo Yethu marched in the area on Saturday.

A general view of the Hout Bay harbour covered in mist from the Chapman’s peak road on the outskirts of Cape Town. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Scores of Hout Bay residents have taken to the streets over land and housing disputes.

The Hout Bay Civic Association says residents of Hangberg and the local township Imizamo Yethu marched in the area on Saturday but were disappointed when City of Cape Town officials failed to attend the march to receive a memorandum.

The Association's Roscoe Jacobs says the community has had enough of living in shacks and backyards and demands adequate housing.

He says plans for a follow-up march are underway but residents will now seek help from provincial government.

"There was no apology, we discussed it but we're not surprised. Moving forward we will be targeting the Premier."

Last week Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said government cannot continue using its grants to fix the country's housing problems and the private sector needs to partner with the state at a planning stage to prevent the loss of money and time.