Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale says he will meet with Western Cape housing authorities soon to discuss concerns about poor service delivery on the Cape Flats.
The ANC Youth League in the province has complained about the lack of basic services such as water, electricity and housing in the area.
Sexwale has addressed the community in Site B in Khayelitsha. Residents packed into a local hall eager to voice their complaints. Despite Sexwale's late arrival, they waited patiently.
Last week, angry residents marched to the provincial legislature to also complain about the bucket system.
Government has finally listened to their concerns. "I have given an undertaking , but I am making no promises, that I am coming back to see and hear the issues because there are changes that we can bring. They are not asking for a skyscraper, you know, or for muclear facilities. They are just asking for normal sanitation and housing," says Sexwale.
We wanted the Minister to come and see for himself the dire situation in the Western Cape.
The ANC Youth League chairperson for the Dullah Omar Region says top of their list of concerns is the issue of lack of proper sanitation and housing.
The League's Khaya Yozi says, "We wanted the Minister to come and see for himself the dire situation in the Western Cape. It was demonstrated that our march is not enough.We are still living in conditions that you could say they existed before 1994. We want the Minister, as his the one giving the budget nationally to all provinces, to ensure that MEC Madikizela spends the money on houses on the right people those people who live in Nyanga, Khayelitsha Mfuleni and Strand and not in Wynberg or in Sea Point."
Sexwale says the residents' concerns will be addressed and he will peruse the budgets to see if government funds are being spent properly.
Meanwhile, Madikizela has accused the Youth League of politicking. He says the issues of housing and sanitation are not unique to the Western Cape.