‘Housing grievances in Imizamo Yethu being addressed speedily’

Many displaced fire victims have complained about the city’s slow approach to restore homes gutted by a devastating fire in March.

FILE: Imizamo Yethu residents rebuild their informal structures after a devastating fire left four dead and scores homeless. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

MILNERTON - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says housing grievances in Imizamo Yethu are being addressed as speedily as possible.

The premier is reassuring City of Cape Town officials have indicated a workable redevelopment plan has been actioned in the Hout Bay community.

Many displaced fire victims have complained about the city’s slow approach to restore homes gutted by a devastating fire in March.

Zille interacted with Democratic Alliance supporters at a Milnerton supermarket earlier on Saturday.

Zille spoke about housing grievances of Imizamo Yethu informal settlement residents.

“Imizamo Yethu is in one ward in one municipality; which is why the City of Cape Town has taken control of that relief effort. They must re-block and rebuild on the side of a mountain slope, which is very difficult. As I understand it from the mayor progress is being made.”

Some Imizamo Yethu residents have complained about the speedy response to the Eden District fire disaster as opposed to rebuilding efforts in their community.

She says the province got involved in the Knysna fire disaster in a bid to coordinate relief efforts rolled out to fire affected municipalities.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)