Lasting solutions needed for Cape Town land invasions

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, is expected to meet with the City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Dan Plato, today to consolidate a plan to address the city’s current housing challenges.

This follows a meeting held on Monday during which Sisulu met with Police Minister Bheki Cele, Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza, and Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille, to formulate a plan to address the challenges facing people in the city.

This comes only a few days after the Minister’s meeting with community leaders in Khayelitsha and surrounds in an attempt to understand the cause of the recent unrest in the city.

Sisulu has also been consulting with various stakeholders in order to address the causes of invasions and evictions.

Sisulu emphasised in a statement released on Tuesday that a joint effort will be made to find lasting solutions to the problems.

“We have a responsibility to address lawlessness and restore order in the City of Cape Town. Violence will never be an answer to any unfortunate situation we find ourselves in presently. We equally have a responsibility to be proactive in addressing landlessness,” Sisulu concluded.