Three weeks after meeting with disgruntled residents of Lenasia and illegal land invaders, the MEC for Human Settlements Lebogang Maile is yet to produce a report on what steps his department plans to take to put an end to illegal land invasions.
The report was supposed to be released a week after the meeting, but has not seen the light of day. I have been reliably informed that part of the delay in giving residents feedback on government’s solution is that the problem is much bigger than originally thought. This means that the MEC needs to come up with a new plan of action to solve the problem.
While this is understandable, it is however unacceptable that MEC Maile’s Office has not yet gone back to the residents of Lenasia to provide feedback.
The delays in providing feedback to communities by government on issues that affect them directly like housing results in unwanted and violent protests.
The least that the MEC could have done was to communicate with residents explaining why there was a delay and when residents could expect to re-engage with him on the matter.
It is high time that MEC Maile owns up to his responsibilities and ensure that a holistic approach is adopted sooner rather than later.
I will be tabling questions to MEC Maile in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature to ascertain the plans that the department has to deal with illegal land invasions in Lenasia and how long it will take for the MEC to conclude his report on the Lenasia land invasion crisis.