Deputy Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Obed Bapela believes that the only way to solve problems besieging Alexandra township is to decongest it.
Bapela was speaking at the Alexandra Inquiry in Braamfontein on Wednesday. The inquiry's purpose is to look at problems such as lack of housing, water, sanitation and overcrowding that are rampant in the township. The inquiry is also looking into allegations of corruption in the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) - a project initially worth R1.3 billion, launched in 2001 to develop the populated township.
Bapela gave details on the progress made by the Inter-ministerial task team appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the wake of Alexandra protests in February. Ramaphosa appointed the team to probe the challenges in the township.
Bapela highlighted challenges in the township including, land ownership disputes, land availability for development, local governance issues, unemployment, limited development impact and internal tensions.
Baphela also spoke about housing and commercial development plans that he said were in planning stages.