Government builds emergency houses for the elderly, SA reacts

Government builds emergency houses for the elderly, SA reacts

- Minister Lindiwe Sisulu posted photos of emergency houses the ANC built for the elderly during the Covid-19 pandemic

- The images gathered a massive reaction online but South Africans were left with opposing views

- While almost all agreed the houses are amazing, many said it was a shame that it took the government this long to build them

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Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu took to Twitter on Thursday to show Mzansi the beautiful homes the government built for the less fortunate, especially the elderly, during the coronavirus pandemic.

The minister shared photos of the homes and revealed it was part of the ANC's plan to provide housing for people during one of the most crucial times.

She captioned the post:

"These are the emergency houses we are giving, especially for the elderly that would opt out of informal settlements. We prioritise the elderly because they are the most vulnerable."

Take a look at her post below:

More photos of the homes:

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The minister added in another post:

"The houses are built in adjacent land to ensure that they are not detached from their communities. We hope the communities work with us. In that way we will curb the spread of this virus."

The post generated a massive reaction but once again South Africans were left with opposing views.

Many agreed the homes are great and will provide citizens with the necessary shelter during this time.

However, others added it was a shame that it took a pandemic to get the government moving on providing houses for the vulnerable in the country.

Twitter user, @sthebeworldwide, commented:

"What a huge disgrace and disappointment. Would these houses be built if there was no coronavirus anywhere in the world? Why should a pandemic push you to deliver services to the people? Ay sies man. Yeses Lindiwe."

Vuyiswa Mzinyathi, who goes by the Twitter handle @vuyiswa612, commented:

"The government is able, it just didn't want to."

Another tweep, @Malatjie_, added:

"Why can't we introduce these to get rid of shacks? Introduce these nationwide."

Meanwhile, previously reported on a Good Samaritan who blessed a homeless couple with food and shelter amid lockdown.

A kind young woman by the name of ‎Bianca Tasha Wiblin enlisted the help of well-known philanthropist BI Phakathi.

Phakathi sent sufficient funds for Bianca to purchase some groceries for the couple in need and he arranged accommodation for them as well.

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