Yesterday, the City Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, counselor Malusi Booi, unveiled a new City six-point plan to help protect City housing projects from incidents of extortion, criminality, violence, unlawful occupation or forceful community disruption. 

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According to Booi, projects amounting to approximately R1 billion are currently at risk. 

City housing projects have increasingly come under attack from criminals, extortionists and even members of the community. Some R2,8 billion in total has been allocated for human settlements over three years and the City will continue to do all in its power to safeguard the projects and protect our rightful beneficiaries. 

The City urges the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to “help stop this phenomenon”. 

The City’s six-point plan includes:  

  • Working closer with the SAPS and calling on the NPA to step up efforts to help bring these criminals to book. 
  • R15 million in additional funding to enhance security at the projects and increased monitoring. 
  • More cases being investigated by SAPS across the metro. 
  • Offering a R5,000 reward for information leading to arrests. Members of the community may give anonymous tips and it is absolutely vital that our communities stand with the City and law enforcement authorities. 
  • Greater City law enforcement resources to help protect projects and teams working on the ground. 
  • Call to action to communities to support the City.  

Anonymous tip-offs welcomed.

Reward of R5,000 leading to arrests.

Call: 0800 1100 77 

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