According to IFP, recent news report indicates that 2000 residents of Mamelodi Hostel share three toilets as only those three out of twenty-five are in good working condition.
Faulty water pipes are endangering the lives of residents due to water leaking from inside the walls, and this is also happening in other hostels in Gauteng.
As such, neglected hostels are a ticking time bomb, warned the organization.
IFP Gauteng Caucus Leader, Bonginkosi Dhlamini says: “From what we have seen in the unprecedented aggressive community protests at Vuwani, Limpopo, it is safe to conclude that people in South Africa are becoming impatient and this we warn is a ticking time bomb for the whole country.
The neglected hostel residents are no different from the rest of the communities that are disgruntled,” Dhlamini warned.
“The IFP is also running out of patience with the Gauteng government’s empty promises towards the plight of hostel residents and their action is creating a fertile ground for political opportunists who oppose every budget vote meant to change the lives of the poor including hostel residents.
As the IFP, we will not tire or be ashamed of speaking for the poor, the excluded and the forgotten in the province of Gauteng including hostel residents.
Upgrades in Soweto’s hostels Dube, Mzimhlophe and Meadowlands have come to an abrupt standstill, including Kwazulu-Natal’s Umlazi T section- family units.
At time of publishing the office of MEC for Human Settlement Paul Mashatile had not responded for comment.