Free State prioritises houses for military veterans


Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has commended the Free State Government for heeding the department’s call to prioritise military veterans without houses, in the province.

During a Military Veterans Summit held in the Free State on 23 November 2017, Minister Sisulu called on the provinces to allocate at least 30% of the houses being built across the country to the needy military veterans.

At the summit, the Minister highlighted the plight of a military veteran of Umkhonto We Sizwe, Andy Sefothelo, who did not have a house.
“I am very sad that comrade Andy who sacrificed so much of his youth to deliver our freedom does not have a house. I want to promise you comrade Andy and many of your comrades that we will solve this problem. This is my commitment,” Minster Sisulu said at the Summit.

Sefotlhelo was later admitted to the hospital, and on his release on Wednesday, he was delighted to move into his new home.

The Minister commended the Free State Government for speedy action and also call on the province to clear the backlog of deserving military veterans without houses in the province.
“I am happy that the Free State Government has heeded our call to prioritize military veterans. I am also happy that the MEC Sisi Ntombela represented us, welcomed him and ensured that he is comfortable. We are a caring government,” Minister Sisulu said.