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ANC calls for four interventions to prevent Cape Town poverty crisis

ANC calls for four interventions to prevent Cape Town poverty crisis

25 March 2002

ANC MPL for Mitchells Plain and Chief Whip Garth Strachan today tabled a Motion in the Provincial Legislature addressing evictions and service cuts in Cape Town. He said of the issue:

"The situation in Khayelitsha and other parts of Cape Town is explosive. The DA controlled Unicity Council has embarked on a massive round of evictions and water cuts. Water cuts are being carried out without heeding the basic minimum supply required nationally.

"The poor are being evicted from their homes as these are auctioned and meagre possessions sold to recover rates arrears. Debt rescheduling negotiations are inadequate and there is no clear criteria, time frame or oversight.

"Evictions and power and water cuts have increased the pressures on the very poor, leading to illegal land occupations over the weekend. The ANC had to intervene to resolve these problems over the weekend.

"The ANC calls for four things to prevent the entrenchment of poverty and inequality and further crisis and discontent in the Unicity:

  1. The free basic minimum amount of water must be provided to all households after water cuts.
  2. A proper consulted indigent policy and debt negotiation process with adequate oversight must be seen to be developed urgently.
  3. Debt predating 1994 must be cancelled.
  4. Sales in execution of people’s properties must be stopped immediately.

"Our society is characterised by deep inequalities. This crisis was instigated by the DA - unless it is carefully managed, it will potentially spiral out of control. We will all lose if our poor continue to be punished for their poverty."

For further input, please contact Garth Strachan MPL on 487 1740 or 083 454 6667.

Issued by African National Congress - Western Cape

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