Hon Chairperson, let me greet the viewers at home who are listening and looking at this mockery that people are doing here in Parliament.
Let me premise by saying that as the ANC we rise in support of Budget Vote 38 o Human Settlements.
The ANC has been consistent on the need to providing suitable integrated human settlements that encourages social cohesion and
allocated in the well placed areas within proximity to economic opportunities where people can find jobs and social amenities. In line with our guiding document, the Freedom Charter, which declares that there shall be housing, security and comfort.
We acknowledge the challenges in the department, namely: the backlog in the issuing of title deeds, the increase in land invasions perpetuated by some political parties for cheap political games, the increase in farmworker evictions, to name just a few.
We, thus, call on the department to utilise this budget towards transforming the sector and ensuring that the masses of our people living in informal settlements, backyards and ghettoes are placed in dignified and well located human settlements. Unlike in the Western Cape where some of the poor people are subjected to mobile toilets, ipotipoti; and there's no white person who's using potipoti.
We call on the department to act with haste and do the following: accelerate the issuing of title deeds to ensure security of land rights; intensify the fight against corruption and act decisively against both the corrupters and the corruptees; investigate and act against those who drag the department's good name by being involved in fraudulent housing allocations; ensure that the mismanagement of
public funds is the thing of the past; ensure that money spent matches the number of houses built in line with the budget; employ men and women who are capable of spending this budget for the benefit of the working class and the poor.
The ANC condemns the opportunist tendencies incited by some anarchists who incite people to grab the land, thereafter leaving them to fend for themselves when they have to be arrested for illegal land occupation.
As much as the expropriation of land without compensation is the resolution of the ANC's 54th National Conference, we condemn anarchy with the contempt it deserves. [Applause.]
We are committed to changing the apartheid spatial planning