Public order police have been deployed at Marikana outside Rustenburg in the North West to monitor the situation. On Friday some residents protested about the allocation of RDP houses that earlier this week, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo and Human Settlement Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu handed some of the houses to beneficiaries.
Over 500 housing units in the area have been completed and are ready for allocation. These include 252 RDP houses and 292 rental stock. However, this week only four houses were allocated to pensioners and disabled people which did not augur well with some of the residents around the area. Residents feel that government is favouring some people and have now vowed to illegal occupy these houses.
Following the controversy surrounding the allocation of these houses, President Jacob Zuma had to cancel his visit to the Marikana township during the handing out of the houses to the mining community.