The mayor says that local government will fast track its programme to develop affordable high-rise buildings for citizens.
“I will do everything possible to provide accommodation. But the City of Johannesburg will only provide accommodation to South Africans. Foreigners, whether legal or illegal, are not the responsibility of the city. I run the municipality. I don’t run national government.”
This comes after residents hijacked a building in the inner city on Jeppe Street. They have since been evicted by the Red Ants.
The mayor says he won’t allow dilapidated buildings to be hijacked.
Two weeks ago, seven people died when a similar building caught fire in the same street.
Mashaba adds that the city will do everything to provide housing to South Africans.
“When I inherited the municipality, I discovered a crisis where buildings had been hijacked. It’s still a mystery to me why we allowed the breakdown of law to happen under our watch. At least 300,000 people are looking for houses in our city today. And I’m sitting with a list where 152,000 people expect me, as the executive mayor, to provide accommodation. “