End housing corruption & Unfairness in South Africa

End housing corruption & Unfairness in South Africa

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Tanya Steyn started this petition to Mr Tertius Alfred Simmers (Minister) (MEC) (DA) and

I feel I need to bring this public now as something very unfair & corrupt seems to be going on within housing! There are quite a few people who have complained & are still complaining about what is going on. People who have been less years on the waiting list are put before people who have been longer on list & people who haven't been on list are even in the units. My friend who has been waiting 20 years was penalized 3 years of her time because she changed area & myself started complaining a few years back about how unfair the issue is. We asked for a meeting with the then mayor Helen Zille & we got an agreement to meet but she never showed & we were stuck with Dan Plato who only stayed 5 mins talking gibberish then smeared us on his colleague who told me that I'll never get a place because I'm privileged! Talk about racism, even in the DA. I can't help for the past white people who were racist & I can't change it but to blame me for it is so unfair! Anyway we were labelled trouble makers because we decided to challenge them & open our mouths & take a stand. Today we are taking a stand again as in our area the council has given people notice as they not supposed to be in the flats & housing wants to put people from Manenberg & Athlone into the units we applied for & we must up root our kids & go to Manenberg where we never applied. My friend moved into a flat with her kids & the ward councillor with help of police were quick to throw her out but they not quick to do follow ups to see who are living in these flats as there a few that as we know now are not supposed to be in the flats that they not to quick to kick out! We stay being fed the same story that they are frozen in time (1991 to be exact for the past 20 years)! I am 19 years on the waiting list & a housing manager from Cape Town has created a fake employment position that I am currently employed as! Apparently she told me in an email that I am employed as a security guard when a while back I visited their office & said I'm unemployed. I asked her where she got her information from and gave her my employment history to which she responded I must give proof we unemployed & I asked her how must I do this & how will this benefit me to which she didn't respond. So next day husband & myself went to labour dept (what better way to proof your employment) but was told I must get a letter from housing before they give me proof. Went to housing in Wale Street, Cape Town & asked this girl to check what it says on my profile about my employment to which she said there is nothing (unemployed). I told her about Nicolette who said I'm a security guard then she said that's her manager & she took my phone as I had to show her to Nicolette. They took long to come (maybe because Nicolette had to find a way to make excuses to throw me off). Nicolette sat down & I came to the window, sat down & started to speak & picked up from facial expressions she has an attitude. She refused to give me a letter for labour department, she refused to answer the question of my employment that she fabricated. She flat out ignored me & started addressing my husband & said she is cutting my years because I got married to him & that they are going to re-date my application to the date my husband divorced his ex which is unfair as they cutting about a whole 6 years of waiting off my waiting time! So basically they saying if you've been 20 years even on waiting list & you got married you loose all those years to the day your husband divorced his ex. Also they penalizing me because he had a council flat before! If this is not unfair then I really don't know what is!! Groundup is aware of how unfair the housing is as there are other people who have written letters that are on their site also complaining about the same thing of people being put into units before them. They trying to brush us off by ignoring our emails & giving stories that if we earn a certain amount we can get  a loan for a plot or house of R30 000 to R121 000! I'm not sure what year they living in as houses or plots were that price in the 1920s not today! The cheapest that is here in our area was offered to us at R480 000 by private owners but we didn't have the cash & banks don't lend people money that don't earn R50K a month! When it was mentioned about people living in the units that weren't on the list etc we were told we must give proof etc. It's not our job to investigate who is on the list & who is not, these people get a salary every month to do nothing! Years back there was a rumour that Mrs Carelse took money for a unit. People need to be accommodated in the area that they applied not be put in another area where other people have applied. They also have drug dealers in a unit. One flat has been turned into a haven for the homeless where they have a few people living in, divided into rooms using cardboards etc. You have single people living in a 2 & 3 bedroom flat. The council had a plot of land opposite Hussar Street in Rugby that they sold to Nedbank instead of building houses or flats for us. They selling off land & saying there is no land or money for housing. Lego Land in Milnerton is supposed to be for poor people but some people were put out & government employees who obviously receive housing allowance are put in there. Then there is a story going around that council is going to sell Lego Land to Canal Walk to build again more fancy flats that only the rich can afford or more offices which ever as if they don't have enough buildings & money from the rich rents they charging!! Their is the flats in Hussar Street, Rugby & surrounding streets that are also for lower income brackets where my friend's husband's parents live. My friend & her family were staying with them as they lost their place but council put them out there too as they were told they can't stay there! They are treating people unfairly & punishing some for stupid reasons! 

Housing needs to be investigated for their unfairness & corruption, I'm sure a lot more skeletons will come out. Please support by signing and sharing to stop the unjust so that people who are being brushed off can finally get their units & the illegal people, those selling drugs, those owning property can be removed & those deserving on the list can get their safe haven. Also people should also be offered the opportunity to buy after living in a unit/flat like the people living in rdp houses that are allowed to own the unit or house after living in it for 8 years! Even if I don't get my little place away from the hell hole I'm living in at least I make a difference for the other people being brushed off by exposing these housing officials who treat people unfairly.

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