The Western Cape Human Settlements Department has boldly denied media reports of families being forcibly removed from their rented government units.
MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela said: “Just to clarify, no one is being evicted who was our tenant, who has honoured our lease agreement. No one.”
Madikizela addressed media, clarifying what criteria needed to be met in order to qualify for tenancy in the province’s rental stock. This includes South African citizenship, a household income of between R3 500 and R15 000, be married or have dependents and be free of any other ownership of immovable property.
He said rental units could not be inherited.
Equally, he said, a place on the department’s housing waiting list could not be inherited if your parent died.
“With a housing backlog of over 500 000, it is just impossible for the Department to provide everyone with a house,” said Madikizela.
“We have to make sure that we respect our waiting list.”