Masiphumelele residents hopeful for housing after raging fire


Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is set to present a proposed long-term housing solution for Masiphumelele residents. This, after a massive fire, destroyed more than 1000 structures leaving more than 6000 people homeless.

On Monday, Sisulu visited the area and encouraged residents to play their part while the government works on a plan. Sisulu says she would like the Masiphumelele community to commit to not building shacks in the back of their houses. Residents remain hopeful that their long-time housing needs would finally be addressed.

Sisulu says this is the third time that she has been in Masiphumelele after a tragedy like this. The minister says she hopes that this tragedy will end all tragedies. The Human Settlements Department and municipality are set to meet tonight to plot the way forward.
Meanwhile, it’s suspected that the Masiphumelele fire which was fanned by strong winds was caused by reeds that had been set alight to clear land. According to Mayor Dan Plato, Disaster Management indicates that it’s likely there was an attempted land invasion.
He says it’s shameful that a humanitarian disaster which has forced thousands to spend their Christmas rebuilding their structures was caused by criminal elements. The mayor has urged anyone with information about this to come forward in order to bring those responsible to book.

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