Sexwale Doesn't Grasp Constitution, Says NGOs

Rights NGOs say some of the Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale’s recent statements point to a lack of understanding of the reasons for the emergence and existence of informal settlements and illegally occupied inner city buildings

Rights NGOs say some of the Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale’s recent statements point to a lack of understanding of the reasons for the emergence and existence of informal settlements and illegally occupied inner city buildings.

In a press statement, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa, Section27, the Legal Resources Centre, Lawyers for Human Rights, the Community Law Centre, and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, point out that They also argue that demolishing shacks in informal settlements and confiscating building materials is not the answer, adding that the migration of people to cities is a world-wide phenomenon that cannot be rolled back by denying them access to housing.

The further say that, "What the minister apparently fails to recognise is that for millions of poor citizens (and non-citizens), informal settlements and inner city buildings are the only forms of accommodation available in the city or close to it."

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