City plans to move shack dwellers

The Vosho settlement has been mushrooming since a land invasion last year.

The City plans to move shack dwellers occupying the mushrooming Vosho informal settlement so that it can continue with plans to build 2 000 houses on the land.

People invaded the site next to Zwezwe in Khayelitsha last year.

Law enforcement have been demolishing shacks in the settlement.

Mayoral committee member for human settlements Malusi Booi said he had met with ward councillor Andile Lili to tell him about the City’s plans for the land.

Mr Booi said the City would find space to accommodate the Vosho shack dwellers so that the
R400 million housing development spanning seven years could continue.

“We condemn land invasion with the strongest terms,” he said. “Land invasion derails and delays housing development.

“We have also been told that there are people who have houses that had opted to build shacks in the area. And we don’t condone that.

“We aim to develop all the areas but people should be patient. We urged our communities to work with us not against us,” he said.

Residents who spoke to Vukani said they had moved onto the land because they were desperate and had been backyarders for many years.

Nonzukiso Somangaliso said she had been living in Makhaza battling to cover her monthly rent
of R350. Only her husband had a job and the couple had battled to support their three children, she said.

Ms Somangaliso said when they had heard people were erecting shacks in Vosho they had decided to do the same.

It did not matter that there was no electricity and water, they just wanted a place they could call their own, she said.

“I’m glad that there would be development in this area. We are desperate for houses. If I could afford my own house I would have bought it long time ago,” she said.