Makhura lambasted for 'empty' housing promises

Members of the Provincial Legislature are debating the Gauteng Premier’s State of the Province Address.

FILE: Gauteng Premier David Makhura arrives for the State of the Province Address on Monday 23 February 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition members in the Gauteng provincial legislature have lashed out at Premier David Makhura for his promises to build more houses this year, saying they are nothing more than empty words.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) say the only way to address the massive need for better housing is through land grabs.

Members of the Provincial Legislature are debating Makhura's State of the Province Address.

Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo says anarchy and violence won't be tolerated among citizens who take land.

"Anarchy will not be allowed to derail or undermine our democracy."

EFF members have occupied land in various areas in Gauteng since last year, describing it as a direct mandate from its members.

The party's Patrick Sindane says there's nothing wrong with their approach.

The Democratic Alliance has also accused government of making more promises despite the massive backlog in housing distribution.