Making promises

Mthunzi Baba, Kuyasa

Section 25 of the Constitution Act 108 of 1996 states: “ The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures within its available resources to ensure the attainment of socio-economic rights.”

Last weekend Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa and the ANC, promised the nation that his party will eradicate informal settlements or shacks.

It has been 25 years since the ANC became the ruling party and the constitution was adopted in 1996.

Millions of South Africans have no access to adequate houses and the state of the public health institutions is relatively poor.

Does the state have available resources to provide adequate housing to South Africans or is the ANC president making impossible promises hoping to garner enough votes for his party to govern for another five years?

If one looks around at Khayelitsha, Philippi, Nyanga where there are so many shacks, it seems the ANC president is out of touch with reality.