An assessment has been made of the 20 housing units razed by the petrol bombing incidents and the vandalism of more than 100 units between 25 and 27 February 2016.
‘It is not certain when repairs will be effected, but it is estimated that the repairs to the units that can be repaired will take at least a month to complete.
‘The situation is incredibly frustrating and it must be borne in mind that these units have been earmarked for vulnerable beneficiaries who are flood victims displaced by past flooding and also persons who are perpetually affected by flooding as they reside in flood-prone areas.‘Our vision for this development, which comprises 177 units, is to increase service delivery dramatically with the provision of 1:1 services to the beneficiaries. This is part of the City’s commitment to redress through increased service delivery.
‘Most of the beneficiaries have been identified but throughout its history the project has been characterised by extreme vandalism and incidents of violence.
‘The latest incidents of violence and vandalism have now unfortunately delayed the completion of the project for an undetermined time. This is to the severe detriment of our beneficiaries. We simply cannot tolerate this situation and urge the community to work with us so that we can see the successful completion of this project,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen.
This criminal action came in retaliation after the City acted to prevent the illegal occupation of the units by persons who are not beneficiaries of these units.
The City urges members of the community to come forward with any information regarding these incidents and also with information that will forewarn the City of further attacks. Residents can approach the South African Police Service and can also give anonymous tip-offs to the City by contacting 021 596 1999.