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AfriForum becomes involved in struggle for housing in Bokfontein informal settlement

June 27, 2013 deur Esmarie Prinsloo

The civil rights organisation AfriForum were to have a meeting with the Director of Human Settlements for the Madibeng Local Municipality in Brits today regarding the houses promised to the residents of the Bokfontein informal settlement. The meeting had to be abandoned, however, because the Director never showed up.

The residents of Bokfontein were moved in 2006 from Hartbeespoort with the promise of houses. The Mayor, Poppy Mogongwa, promised 529 houses in October 2012 and on 16 October 2012 the community was informed in a notice from the Director of Human Settlements, Mr James Molefe that the housing project would commence within 3 months.

“It is now June 2013 and we still have nothing. We want AfriForum to help us at least get a plan for getting roofs over our heads,” said Abel Mashilo of the Bokfontein community.

Ian Cameron, Organiser for AfriForum in the North-West, said that the civil rights organisation became involved in the matter to ensure that the rights of all residents in the area are protected.

“Madibeng is ignoring these people’s misery. Bokfontein has still not been proclaimed as town, nor has it received basic services. This means that no building activities may take place. In the meantime, everyone in the municipal area is affected by the terrible conditions in the settlement.”

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