A task team, formed by residents of the Chinese Housing Project in Graskop, was scheduled to meet Thaba Chweu Local Municipality Executive Mayor (Selina Mashigo – Sekgobela) on 27th February, but the meeting reportedly never took place.
The meeting was aimed at finding a common ground between the residents and TCLM in resolving an on-going tussle over the housing units. The residents took to the streets on 23 February, blocking all Graskop entry points with burning tyres. The protest was held to denounce notices issued by TCLM ordering the residents to vacate the houses.
The disgruntled residents argued that the houses were theirs, as they were reportedly donated to the Graskop Unit in order to address issues of human settlement. It was also revealed during the protest that former Mpumalanga Province Premier and current state Deputy President, David Mabuza, said that the houses must be issued to residents according to percentages and those who are employed must pay for municipal rates and services.
Oupa Mokwena – Task Team representative, said that further information will be revealed after TCLM honours its promise to hear the residents.
“So far nothing has happened, we are still waiting for the Executive Mayor (TCLM) to meet us so that we can see if a compromise can’t be reached in order to resolve this matter. We’ll be able to talk further about this matter once the meeting between our and task team and TCLM takes place,” said Mokwena.