Foreigners pose big challenge for Gauteng human settlements

Gauteng human settlements MEC Uhuru Moiloa is frustrated by the problems caused by foreign nationals who illegally occupy houses meant for South Africans and contribute to the mushrooming of informal settlements in the province.

Moiloa told reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday that documented foreign nationals could utilise the rental stock that government provides for the general public. However, Uhuru added that there were many undocumented persons who were causing the proliferation of informal settlements in Gauteng.

“[In] these squatter camps that you see proliferating in our province, there is a huge number of foreigners who are also squatting. Unfortunately, when you look at a squatter camp, you just look at [it as] a squatter camp of South Africans. The truth is that there are thousands of people from elsewhere on the continent that are squatting in our country. We’ve got to find a way of dealing with this issue without creating xenophobia,” said Moiloa.

He said the department was dealing with illegal occupation of houses in Olievenhoutbosch, Tshwane, which involved foreign nationals.

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