Housing cutbacks mooted, but unlikely – IRR report

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THANDI XABA

Expenditure on housing has grown faster than any other budget item since 1999 and government’s plans to cutback on housing will be political suicide.

This is according to the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), who add the housing and community amenities currently consume over 11% of total government spending.

Spokesperson Mienke Steytler says they will unlikely be cut down since the rising levels of protests are a result of dissatisfaction over housing provision.

In their report the IRR states President Jacob Zuma rebukes South Africans twice in six months for waiting for the State’s money to provide them with housing.

His comments link to those of Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu who said that people under 40 years of age had lost nothing to apartheid and would not get houses.