At least R300m needed to address Grabuow housing backlog

The housing crisis facing the Theewaterskloof Municipality has led to violent protests in Grabouw this year.

The eviction unit uses chainsaws and crowbars to demolish shacks in Grabouw where residents protested on 10 May 2016. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Theewaterskloof Mayor Chris Punt says a massive investment is needed to address Grabouw's housing backlog.

After 10 years at the helm of the municipality, Punt will be leaving the post following the local government elections.

The housing crisis facing the Theewaterskloof Municipality has led to violent protests in Grabouw this year.

Punt says at least R300 million is needed to address the problem.

"At least supply those people with serviced plots, and then those people can put down their shacks. They can build houses on those plots."

But Genadendal resident Elizabeth Delport says it's a widespread problem.

Delport says she was lucky to have received a house 17 years ago.