Zwelihle community demand better housing and service delivery

EWN reporter Graig-Lee Smith is in Hermanus and talks to CapeTalk's Africa Melane about a meeting held with residents of Zwelihle in the Western Cape.

The meeting follows more than a week of protests in the streets in and around Zwelihle, where community members have been demanding better service delivery and proper housing.

Smith reports that he had to park his car 3 km from the meeting venue at the stadium in Zwelihle.

Police warned journalists that they can't guarantee that our vehicles will be safe, based on the past six days.

Graig-Lee Smith, EWN reporter

Smith describes the events that unfolded on Tuesday. He says the community was very tense.

It turns out that it is far more than just the land issue [that was reported]. I've been walking through Zwelihle township here in Hermanus, and it's not in a good state. Service delivery from what I have seen.

Graig-Lee Smith, EWN reporter

He says drains are overflowing and the toilets are in disrepair.

People say it is not just a land issue. it's about housing, it's about getting jobs.

Graig-Lee Smith, EWN reporter

Smith says the Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela has been part of the meeting to discuss the concerns of the residents.

Read: 'Land expropriation without compensation is a mad idea'

He will return to the area on Wednesday to have possible solutions and to avoid any more violent protests.

He says the local municipality denies any claims of corruption but adds that the waiting list for houses runs into the thousands in the area.

Listen to the report below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Zwelihle community demand better housing and service delivery


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