Mamelodi flood victims plan protest over unfulfilled relocation promises
Mamelodi flood victims plan protest over unfulfilled relocation promises. Following a severe rainstorm in February of the previous year, these residents were compelled to evacuate their homes and seek refuge in the Nellmapius Community Hall. Approximately 150 individuals residing in Mountain View, Mavuso, and Willow Farm informal settlements, were displaced due to the flooding as reported by IOL.
Expressing their discontent, the affected residents claim to have been assured of relocation two years ago, yet the City of Tshwane has failed to maintain communication with them. As a result, they find themselves trapped and devoid of hope in the community hall. Over the weekend, Simon Sekhale, one of the protest leaders, announced their decision to take to the streets, marching towards the City offices and the Department of Human Settlements, demanding immediate relocation. Frustrated by broken promises, they feel that it is time to take matters into their own hands.
Sekhale emphasized the urgent need for action, particularly with winter approaching. He criticized the government for its continuous deceit and disregard for their plight, stating they no longer trust its intentions. The residents are planning a meeting to determine the date of the protest and discuss various unresolved matters. They seek clarification on the specifics of their relocation, as they remain unaware of the destination and schedule. Additionally, they aim to gather more participants, including those who rebuilt their shacks and decided to join the cause, to ensure that the government takes their demands seriously.
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In a prior report, the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements vowed to expedite the relocation process. Department spokesperson Tahir Sema acknowledged the challenges faced by the Mamelodi flood victims and indicated ongoing efforts to relocate individuals from various informal settlements in the province. However, specific details and updates were promised by February.
Moses Mboweni, another community leader, clarified that the residents simply require available land to rebuild their lives. Their request is for safe land that can accommodate their needs, especially for women and girls who require privacy while bathing or sleeping. Although the municipality previously mentioned securing land in Mooiplaas for relocation, Mboweni highlighted that the plans seemed to have fallen through, leaving them uncertain of the new arrangements.
Lindela Mashigo, the spokesperson for the City of Tshwane, mentioned ongoing discussions with the provincial Department of Human Settlement and National Treasury concerning the relocation. However, no explanation was provided for the standstill in the plans, leaving the flood victims in a state of frustration and uncertainty.
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