Whites not allowed in Kagiso township
28 November 2010 Leave a comment
The 25 empoverished Afrikaner families on the waiting list for public housing in Kagiso township had better stay away warn black residents…
Black township residents in Kagiso are up in arms about plans by the municipality to move 25 empoverished Afrikaner families into newly-built government housing. The 25 families applied for the housing over 10 years ago. However, writes Johan Eybers from Krugersdorp, ‘a race-war has broken out’ over the plans. While some Afrikaner families told Rapport newspaper that they ‘could not wait to move’, others feared moving from the Coronation Park squatter camp in the centre of Krugersdorp – fearing that their families would be targetted just for being white.
Some of these 25 Afrikaner families have lived on the streets while waiting for the housing they applied for ten years ago. The Afrikaners say that ‘race should not play a role’ in the allocation of government housing.
Slept under cardboard boxes for past few years…
Mrs Putter says she and her husband Christo have been sleeping underneath cardboard boxes for the past few years. Both ‘work’ as car-guards in Krugersdorp and get about R1,5000 in cash from the fees they earn that way. Another applicant, Mark Pitzer, 32, pictured above, partially-disabled father of three, heard last month that the family was finally placed on a waiting list for a government-house in Kagiso – he’d applied ten years ago. “We will be very grateful to get away from our current living conditions and get our own house,’ he said. He shares one single room with wife Angie, sons Ian, 9, Michael, 5 and baby girl Bernadette, 3 months. Another family shares the other room in the two-roomed house. He was partially disabled when he was injured in an armed robbery while working as a security guard. He receives a disability pension of R1,080 a month (about $108).
However Luyanda Njomane, secretary-general of the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) in Kagisosaid ‘whites are not welcome’. We demand proof dat they applied legally for those houses. Otherwise we (blacks) will stand together and physically stop the whites from staying in Kagiso.’
The van Niekerk family won’t be raised in Afrikaans:
Another Afrikaner who was placed on the Kagiso waiting list was Mrs Anita van Niekerk (34) whose family income is a monthly R2,000. She said her family ‘won’t have any trouble adjusting to live in a black township. “My husband Gerrit speaks Fanagalo (the Afrikaans/English/Nguni patois used in the mines) and my best girlfriend is black. My son Gerrit’s best mates at school are black and we already have friends in Kagiso through our church. We know we will like our life there. We will respect our neighbours.’ One thing is certain: this family will lose its Afrikaans culture within a generation.
However Njomane remains militant about the issue, claiming that the Afrikaner families only applied in 2001 – much later than black families who got on the waiting list in 1996. “It proves that the Mogale City council (that’s the ANC-name for Krugersdorp) does not know what’s going on with its own waiting lists for housing.’ The city council spokesman Nkosana Zili had a politically-correct comment, claiming that ‘the council views poverty as a problem affecting all the race-groups.’’ http://www.rapport.co.za/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Wittes-moet-uit-Kagiso-wegbly-20101127