Press Alert: Gugulethu, Langa, Nyanga residents will meet MEC today after yesterday’s occupation

27 06 2008
Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign
Friday 27 June 2008
12 noon

CAPE TOWN - The Anti-Eviction Campaign held a highly successful occupation of Local Government and Housing MEC Richard Dyantyi’s office yesterday.

Dyantyi has been invited several times over the past year to the Anti-Eviction Campaign’s weekly meetings on Sunday in the Gugulethu Sports Complex but has always failed to show up. Hence the movement decided to occupy his office.

After several hours of occupation yesterday, the Deputy Director informed the Anti-Eviction Campaign that Dyantyi would finally meet the community at 2pm today.

At the meeting today, the Anti-Eviction Campaign will hand over its “housing waiting list” - an accurate record of all those residents who have been on the waiting list for between five and 30 years, and who have their original “red cards” (proof of registration).

The oldest resident asking for a house is an 86 year old woman, who has been on the housing waiting list for 30 years. She attended the protest yesterday.

All those residents who have been on the waiting list for 30 years are available to be interviewed by the media.

“The Minister must commit himself to providing houses today or else we will stage more protests,” said Mncedisi Twalo of the Anti-Eviction Campaign.

For comment call Mncedisi Twalo on