Sexwale: Free houses will stop

2011-04-19 22:07

Cape Town -  South Africa cannot give free homes to the poor indefinitely, the housing minister said Tuesday, while presenting a budget for the scheme meant to give solid roofs to millions living in shacks.

"Current increasing dependency and pressure on the state are not sustainable for the country going forward," Tokyo Sexwale told lawmakers.

"Somewhere, sometime in the future there will have to come a need to have a cutoff point on the government's subsidised housing, where people can begin to do things for themselves."

South Africa faces a massive housing backlog with 2 700 poorly serviced slums countrywide, partly a reflection of apartheid-era injustices but also of the current migration toward cities.

The country's 2011 housing budget was increased by 38% to R22.5bn.

Despite building millions of homes since apartheid, when blacks were forced to live on the edge of cities, housing remains a massive pressure on the state.

Authorities regularly battle protests in shantytowns by destitute black residents angered by rampant joblessness and poor amenities like water, toilets and electricity.


  • TamaraSays - 2011-04-19 22:52

    Bad announcement mid election campaign Mr. Sexwale... you'd better watch out for that bullseye Mr. Malema is going to paint on your head!

  • logicalsense - 2011-04-20 01:17

    During October 2010 Noseweek did an article of the R 200 billion which the previous ruling party and its members stole from SA taxpayers. Apparently the ANC investigated the matter in 1995 and nothing has been done about it in spite of evidence of who was responsible and where the bank accounts are. If this money was repatriated we could build houses for all the poor of SA. Why has there been silence in the media regarding this matter?

      Clint - 2011-04-20 10:53

      ,because the previous regime did as they pleased without impunity. I agree something must be done about it

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-04-20 03:31

    The ANC needs to invest in factories and such production facilities. Creating homes is fine - but employment isn't being created fast enough. First create the jobs, then there will be taxes to build more houses. Get the income and then do the expenditure. It has been of the mistakes of the ANC - not putting business first.

  • corro51 - 2011-04-20 05:55

    Way to go Tokyo. Finally some realisation that the cash cow will eventually run dry.

  • Badballie - 2011-04-20 06:53

    aaah the first official face of the "we lied to you" brigade, when are the masses of this country going to learn that nothing is for free, not housing not education and anything anyone has promised you in return for your vote is a lie too. Vote ANC and live with the consequences, vote DA and maybe, just maybe there is hope for the future

  • TinyT - 2011-04-20 07:20

    Well said. It is about time!

  • Zakhele - 2011-04-20 07:28

    Cut the bloody lot now!

  • pig - 2011-04-20 07:46

    It will have to stop, so that the anc have more to fill there pockets!!!

  • Nicolai - 2011-04-20 07:50

    Put this on placards across the country and the DA wins...

  • - 2011-04-20 07:51

    Ah, at last, some sense from someone in the government. We cannot continue to support those that are not willing to support themselves, as they have been promised "free" everything. We are building a country who are lazy and expect everything for nothing. It is time the government took stock and started promoting a healthy work ethic and encouraging people to look after themselves. The money bucket is not bottomless and you have slowly bleeded it dry.

  • pig - 2011-04-20 07:55

    It will have to stop, so that the anc have more to fill there pockets!!!

  • Born To Fish - 2011-04-20 07:57

    WHAT! You expect them to pay!

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-04-20 08:01

    Very bold words! Somebody needed to say this and I am glad that the Minister has taken upon himself to make this important announcement. Of course, it is not going to happen tomorrow or even in five years, but at some stage it will need to happen. Actually we need t oreview the whole welfare state concept.

  • Nicolai - 2011-04-20 08:06

    I think this guy just cost the ANC several municipalities....

  • Gill - 2011-04-20 08:06

    it was only during aparthied that a million houses were built in one year.....anc cant deliver because of funds being misused. The 100 million rands used for the youth meeting could have been better used for homes.

  • Kevin Venter - 2011-04-20 08:08

    Sexwale for president

      DeonL - 2011-04-20 11:18

      Yes I agree, we need more Capitalist like him in Gov.

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  • Andy - 2011-04-20 08:14

    Solution lies in empowering people to enable them to provide for themselves. Decent jobs, and equal chances in getting government tenders will get a long way to relieve the pressure from the government. There is not use all the wealth is spread amongst a very few group of political connected individuals. The wealth distribution needs to be wide spread, so that it can trickle down to those who needs it the most. The poorest of the poor.

  • onetickie - 2011-04-20 08:15

    It is refreshing to see that Sexwale is not afraid to say what is the obvious. For anyone to expect free housing in this day and age is ridiculous, especially at the birth rate level in this Country. Too many births = too many houses will be demanded and it is plainly impossible for any government, in any country, to build houses at the same rate of population growth.

  • BernieK - 2011-04-20 08:17

    The state will NEVER be able to provide according to needs. It did not work in the Soviet republics, not in China and not in any other country including North Korea and Cuba. In the end the coffers will be empty and people will have to change their way of managing these things. Socialism can not work. There is only one way, and that is the way of the entrepreneur. No food for the lazy.

  • Joy - 2011-04-20 08:22

    The housing problem should not be the government's problem ! The problem is that we have too much of a population growth! Introduce and maintain a 1-Child-Policy for the next few centuries, and population growth will drop. It certainly worked in Communist China !

      Louise Coetzee - 2011-04-20 10:01

      sorry Joy, I just can't agree with you! I have 3 gorgeous children (and the 4th on his way) There is NOTHING wrong with having more than one child, the problem is the people who are having children and then expecting government & welfare to look after them because they can't... I've worked VERY hard to be able to have my family, so why should I not be allowed to have children just because other braindead people don't seem to take the costs involved into consideration!

      stephen.twine - 2011-04-20 19:33

      i agree ... fine anyone with having a new child if its not their first child ... them chinx had it right ... can we do the same?

  • Appietrader - 2011-04-20 08:26

    This is the best comment from an ANC Minister. This happens when the right person is put into a ministerial position. Mr. Sexwale is a well educated and a businessman with a vision. Keep him in the cabinet and give him support!

  • HTB777 - 2011-04-20 08:26

    Stop blaming Apartheid for everything. If you cant't succeed then you blame Apartheid. Apartheid died 17 years ago. Rather blame the ANC for not being able to perform the way they promised you. They must steel less and rather spend the money on the poor, black and white. Cut government salaries and give that to the poor.

  • Rolie - 2011-04-20 08:31

    Slums started when the ANC took over 17 years ago. Until then squatter camps were not seen. Apartheid died over 20 years ago, so don't blame that era for your failed promises. VIVA DA!!!

  • Wacko - 2011-04-20 08:40

    Well if you did not have to pay somebody twice to fix the first thief's work , maybe you could have build many more free houses , I forgot the africans love the word FREE.........FREE TENDERS , FREE MONEY , you lot must love BEE......

  • Pietpetoors - 2011-04-20 08:57

    Apartheid, apartheid, apartheid, when will you let go of the past and build a new future. Its been 17 Years under ANC rule, why are people still living in those conditions? After 17 Years my opinion is that it has NOTHING to do with apartheid, it all has to do with a failed government who cannot deliver on their promises. They are more interested in lining their own pockets with gold than to care for their people. They keep on using Apartheid as a lame excuse to cover their own problems. If anything goes wrong in South Africa, just blame it on apartheid. Shame.

  • onetickie - 2011-04-20 09:02

    It is refreshing to see that Sexwale is not afraid to say what is the obvious. For anyone to expect free housing in this day and age is ridiculous, especially at the birth rate level in this Country. Too many births = too many houses will be demanded and it is plainly impossible for any government, in any country, to build houses at the same rate of population growth.

  • citizen36M1 - 2011-04-20 09:03

    "housing remains a massive pressure on the state" Strictly speaking, you can no longer blame that evil system called apartheid. After 17 years of mismanagement and corruption - billions spent on next to useless armaments, world class Soccer World Cup infrastructure that was conjured up in a few short years, writing off billions owed by foreign governments, spending billions on propping up dictatorial regimes like Zimbabwe, allowing the shoddy workmanship in the building of RDP houses which now require huge expenditure for repairs...and so on and so on... SORRY, YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY EXCUSES / GOOD REASONS ANY MORE. GET THE HELL OUT OF GOVERNMENT AND LET THOSE WHO KNOW WHAT TO DO GET ON WITH THE JOB. (No prizes for guessing who that is).

  • Sdikadika - 2011-04-20 09:18

    too easy a speech from a billionaire...he has no idea of the lives of the poorest South Africans... The department of defense is reportedly spending R800 million in leasing planes for VIPs.How do you justify that to the me as a tax payer and the poor.

      Tholomuzi Blose - 2011-04-28 18:01

      I'm not sure about that, Tokyo slept at a squatter camp (Diepsloot)it was well publicised, where were you?

      AJ - 2011-05-11 10:35

      @Thomuzi Blose: Where were we? Not falling for a stupid PR stunt from someone from Sandhurst, that's for sure. And if Tokyo goes to a hospital and hugs a baby then what... SO what he slept in a shack at Diepsloot for a night. That was ages ago - what does it look like now? Different?

  • Carolyn - 2011-04-20 09:46

    I worked all my life, but never earned enought to buy my own home, today I am on a goverment pension, and have to live in a garage, with no toilet facilities, water, or anywhere to cook. I am WHITE, was a NURSE for most of my life, and my family just wish I was dead.

      akmza - 2011-04-20 14:07

      Such a sad story - and the same fate is shared by many like you. But your family does not wish you were could they? I hope your situation changes - and that your family comes closer.

      kjac - 2011-04-20 17:45

      glad to see you have internet

  • Voidy - 2011-04-20 10:00

    Eish, but I just WANT my house, I DEMAND it now, I am lazy guy who only wanna listen to malema and make children, now you stupid sexwale telling me I must wok for my maanie.

  • amdisgusted - 2011-04-20 12:29

    How about Zuma (+ family) and the Guptas, Roux Shabangu and Gwen, Tokyo and Patrice, etc. use some of their billions to give the people free houses.

  • Fred - 2011-04-20 12:40

    One baby, two snips. I'm amazed how people just glance over the fact that having several children adds to the pressure for.... well, pretty much everything.

  • Jim - 2011-04-20 13:21

    The real World is dawning upon us. Free Houses? Free cars? Free food? Free medica? GET REAL

  • Monica - 2011-04-20 20:21

    Good for you Sir! Take my had off for you!!!!

  • GrannyC - 2011-04-20 21:55

    Well Mr Sexwale, when the ANC came into power they promised the so called disadvantaged houses. This was 17 years ago, goodness me they should all have homes by now but unfortunately your comrades in the government have stolen the money that was earmarked for housing and the few houses that were built were inhabitable due to poor workmanship.Contracts were given to persons who were not capable of building with lego blocks nevermind homes with electricity, sewage and running water. Please also refrain from saying 'partly a reflection of the apartheid-era injustices'. There are more injustices being committed in the country at the moment than in the apartheid era! Why don't you use the millions that are going to be spent on the renovations to Zuma's house as well the R800m for the new jetplane for Zuma.

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