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By Nomangesi Mbiza
Thambo Square informal settlement residents in Gugulethu, whose shacks were flooded in recent rains, received blankets and food parcels from the International Islamic Relief organisation on Wednesday.
The plight of the residents came to light after they occupied the social services building in Gugulethu on Tuesday, seeking building materials and plastics for their shacks, as well as blankets and temporary accommodation.
The homeless group were offered shelter at a local community hall after their protest.
Zoliswa Fuyani, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, said ward councillor Belinda Landingwe had not wanted to listen to those who had voted her in.
"When she (the ward councillor) is called to listen to our grievances she tells the people she cannot do anything for them," Fuyani said.
However Landingwe said the residents of Thambo Square were taken to a temporary area in Delft after the flooding began.
"I don't know why they came back but some of them told me that when they arrived in Delft their rooms were occupied by other people," she said.
Landingwe said some of the residents had houses in a nearby area which were provided by the government, but that they had decided to rent them out.
"I am dealing with people who are affected by floods, not people who already have houses. And this is not the only place affected, there are other areas," Landingwe pointed out.
She said she had conducted an inspection of the affected area and discovered that the water level had dropped, adding that she did not deal specifically with leaking roofs, but assisted only when flooding took place.
But the residents said they were tired of the "soup" that Landingwe kept feeding them, when all they wanted was proper housing.
"We don't need anything from them as they always respond with soup," said resident Silindile Mvambo.
Mcebisi Twalo, a representative of the Anti-Eviction Campaign, said they had called the International Islamic Relief and told them there were people who needed help.
"They visited the area last night and decided to offer people food and blankets.
"A local butcher also donated meat," said Twalo.