- A photo has gone viral after comparing President Cyril Ramaphosa's mansion to the living conditions of his voters
- While the photo was confirmed as false by Fikile Mbalula, the Minister decided to weigh in
- The Transport Minister denied that the ANC had promised Alex residents 1 million homes
A post on social media has gone viral, claiming to be a photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa's Cape Town mansion and comparing it to the homes of many of the nation's leaders' followers.
The post was shared by a user identified as Rakgadi Solider, who commented that:
"The owner of this house is the President of these people who live in these shacks. His name is Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa from Venda. Mr President Cyril Ramaphosa the people of Alexander are still waiting for the million houses you promised them during campaign."
While the principle of the comment remains the same, many were quick to point out that the poster had the wrong house.
Even Economic Freedom Fighters deputy president Floyd Shivambu slammed the inequality as 'immoral'.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula had attempted to save face for the ANC, commenting on the post that:
"But fighter this is cheap politicking, besides not being true about this house belonging to the president. We never promised Alex people a million houses, not true."
In fact, it was President Cyril Ramaphosa himself who had led people to believe that this would happen.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a number of news outlets reported that Ramaphosa promised to build 1 million houses in Alexandra. A recording of his speech shows this is incorrect:
“One million houses will be built and, here in Alexandra, we will look into the issue of land so that when we build houses, we build them in the correct manner.”
Ramaphosa explained that the government intends to build 1 million homes nationwide over the next 5 years.
The Department of Human Settlements has not been able to confirm if such a plan exists. Alana Potter, director of research at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute, says that this seems like a mammoth task for the state:
“Looking back on our track record over the last 25 years… to do a million seems like quite a big ask. It would require a really rapid land release programme so they’d really need to move fast to get that happening.”
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