ALTHOUGH THE situation has calmed down residents of Eldorado Park, Freedom Park and Soweto want answers from local Government on service delivery promises made last year.
In May last year, former MEC for Human Settlement Paul Mashatile met and made a promise to protesting residents that their concerns on housing backlog, amongst others, will be addressed.
But it seems that promise has been broken and now current MEC Uhuru Moiloa, has to take the baton and run with it, following massive demonstrations that plagued Jozi this week.
“I’m waiting for the department to finalise the budget so that this coming week I can take concrete reports to the communities with regards to what government can and cannot do.”
Moiloa says government is trying its best to fast-track the long-standing housing backlog but adds that it takes time to build the right infrastructure that is needed.
“You must make sure that there are bulk services, water and sanitation and access to electricity. You can’t just put people on an open veld, that would be irresponsible,” says former ANC Gauteng Legislature MP.
Protesters have vowed to intensify their marches, saying they’re tired of government’s empty promises.
Moiloa also indicated that Mandela did not promise people houses but land to build on it.
It seems it ain’t Uhuru for residents or jankani?