Informal settlements ignored or criminalised: expert

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa has released a report on three settlements, in Gauteng, Western Cape and KZN. It shows the harsh realities of poor households. Courtesy of #DSTV403

JOHANNESBURG - Informal settlement residents are living in bleak conditions.

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa has released a report on three settlements, in Gauteng, Western Cape and KZN.

The report shows the harsh realities of poor households.

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Researcher Tiffany Ebrahim says informality is completely ignored in South Africa.

She said people from these settlements would like to work with municipalities,
to improve access to services.

Ebrahim stated households are prepared to invest in their homes to improve their value and secure their tenancy.

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She said when informal settlements are noticed, their occupants are criminalised even when people living there are working and contributing to the country's economy.

"Informal settlements are very much a response to inadequate housing programs that are not provided at a scale that is needed in this country," Ebrahim stated.

Source
eNCA