- Residents of Zwelitsha informal settlement in Cape Town have grown tired of waiting for services
- They have resorted to building their own roads and pit toilets
- However, a City of Cape Town official said the residents are on the land illegally
Informal settlement dwellers in Zwelitsha, Cape Town, are taking matters into their own hands because service delivery isn't forthcoming.
According to a GroundUp report, the residents have been building their own roads and pit toilets since moving to the site in March this year.
However, they still face huge challenges such as lack of water, Briefly.co.za learned. A fire destroyed a shack in the area recently because there was no water to put it out.
A resident, 22-year-old Nosiphenathi Dolophi, said she has to walk a long distance to get water from a serviced site nearby.
She also pays R200 a month to draw electricity from the same serviced site for her shack.
33-year-old Linda Gcwabe said she regularly digs holes in her yard to dispose of urine, expired food, and dirty water. She uses disinfectant to minimise the smell.
Lindiwe Fenama, 39, said the community resolved in a recent meeting to demolish some shacks to make way for a road into the settlement.
This helps emergency personnel to quickly reach residents who need urgent help. She appealed to the City of Cape Town to avail communal water taps in the area.
However, the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Councillor Xanthea Limberg, said the residents are on the land illegally. There's no budget for unplanned settlements, he added.
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