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Suurbraak residents illegally occupy municipal land

Friday 12 May 2017 20:24

Tanya Krause

They say no new houses have been built in the past 20 years forcing many to build shacks.

They say no new houses have been built in the past 20 years forcing many to build shacks.(SABC)

Residents of Suurbraak near Swellendam in the Western Cape have occupied municipal land illegally. They are protesting a 20 year housing backlog and about 500 people are on the waiting list.

They claim the municipality uses funds allocated to Suurbraak for projects in Swellendam.  

The community says no new houses have been built in the past 20 years forcing many to build shacks.

Community leader, Burton Beukes says, “An amount of more than R10 million was provided by the province for Suurbraak and the municipality used the whole amount for a capital project in Swellendam. This year they used an amount of R1.3million  for a capital project in Swellendam.”

Donovan Julius, whose a youth leader in the community says, “They promised us 500 houses and built 32. This is ridiculous. Every time they say no there's no money.  But I heard someone say in Swellendam they're going to build 200 houses, but every time they use money from Suurbraak in Swellendam.  They don't care about Suurbraak and the youth demands a centre here.”  

The municipality denies their claims:

Swellendam municipal manager, Cecil Africa says, “We received a grant, MIG, but the grant isn't sufficient to cover the work that needs to be done. So either the council must co fund the project or we must apply to government for more funding.”  

The municipality has received an allocation to have 35 houses built here within the next few months.  

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