ANC condemns DA auction of RDP homes

ANC condemns DA auction of RDP homes

20 March 2002

The DA dominated Cape Town Council is auctioning houses acquired under the state sponsored benefit scheme in Khayelitsha and Mitchell`s Plain today at the Mitchell`s Plain Magistrate’s Court. These privately owned houses, subsidised by national government, are being sold to recover rates arrears despite the absence of an indigent policy in the City and recently enacted legislation prohibiting the sale of RDP houses.

ANC MPL for Khayelitsha Ntombomzi Phenduka has condemned the auctions. She said: "The DA has no respect for the poor. National government has made it possible for these poor Capetonians to own houses. But now these AIDS orphans and unemployed people who are in rates arrears are losing their homes. The DA has no indigent policy to care for these people and they are going against the law prohibiting the sale of state subsidised houses.

"I condemn this action by the DA in the strongest terms. The poor must be saved from such shortsighted and inhumane actions. I call on the Provincial Housing Minister: Nomatyala Hangana to intervene urgently to prevent these Capetonians from losing their homes."

For further comment, please contact:
Ntombomzi Phenduka on 072 265 8834 or 487 1739

Issued by:
African National Congress - Western Cape