Mossel Bay authorities trying to quell tensions over housing

Public order police had to be called in on Thursday to disperse a crowd protesting at a new housing development in Mossel Bay's Sonskynvallei.

Picture: Winnie Theletsane/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Mossel Bay Municipality officials are trying to quell a housing dispute in a community in the Garden Route town.

Public order police had to be called in on Thursday to disperse a crowd protesting at a new housing development in Mossel Bay's Sonskynvallei.

One of the new houses was allegedly damaged by a group disgruntled over the allocation of homes.

Icosa deputy provincial secretary Jacob Motloung says the initial agreement was a 50-50 split between Sonskynvallei and Power Town residents.

“They have built more than 53 houses. Only the town’s people houses have been receiving houses, but out of 80 people only five received houses.”

Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela says he was aware of the concerns.

“We seem to be bringing more people to Power Town instead of sticking to the agreement that was made which we are now correcting.”