The Plight of Women Against Housing Challenges in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa

Henry Jacob Festus Ssekibuule D. Admin

Abstract


This paper touches day to day social and economic issues affecting women bearing in mind the historical difficulties of women in South Africa during the apartheid years to participate in the main stream of the economy was without iota of doubt incomprehensible and thought-provoking precisely because women were not permitted to have their own houses. The paper unapologetically provides an empirical narrative account of the plight of women in housing. The paper argues that the notion of housing in South Africa is still one of the greatest challenges in the post 1994 dispensation due to an extremely complicated and disintegrated bureaucratic system that was inherited from defunct non-operational apartheid government. Issues of homelessness, unemployment, poverty and inequality are crucial to understand why women rights were violated and accounts for the reason for transformative shift to restorative justice in the post-apartheid democracy. Over 22 years of democracy, human rights violation and excessive problems of homelessness are still a sorry state of affair despite progressive improvement in human settlement. The qualitative study relies not only on historical facts but also triangulated empirical evidence of what was observed and engaged with key informants interviewed to made compelling conclusions and propositions about the plight of women in South Africa, especially in the Eastern Cape Province.


Full Text:

PDF

References


Almond, G. A. (1988). The return to the state. American Political Science Review, 82(3), 853-874. https://doi.org/10.2307/1962495.

Chinchilla, N. S. (1983). Interpreting social change in Guatemala: Modernization, dependency, and articulation of modes of production. Theories of Development, 139-178.

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. (1996). Cape Town, Juta Law.

The Republic of South Africa. (1994). White Paper on Housing. Pretoria, Government Printer.

The Republic of South Africa. (1998). Housing Act, Act 36. Pretoria, Government Printer.

The Republic of South Africa. (1998). Local Government, Municipal Structures Act, (Act 117 Pretoria, Government Printer.

Tomlinson, M. R. (1999). South Africa's housing policy: lessons from four years of the new housing subsidy scheme. Third World Planning Review, 21(3), 283. https://doi.org/10.3828/twpr.21.3.n72w4p14881v7221.

Valenzuela, J. S., & Valenzuela, A. (1978). Modernization and dependency: Alternative perspectives in the study of Latin American underdevelopment. Comparative politics, 10(4), 535-557.

Burgess, R. G. (Ed.). (2003). Field research: A sourcebook and field manual. Routledge.

Chilcote, R. H., & Johnson, D. L. (1983). Theories of development: mode of production or dependency?. Sage Pubns.

Davids, I., Theron, F., & Maphunye, K. J. (2005). Participatory Development in South Africa: A Development Management Perspective. Pretoria, South Africa: Van Schaik Publishers.

Hardoy, J. E., & Satterthwaite, D. (1989). Squatter citizen: life in the urban third world. London, Routledge.

Maqhasha, L. (2003). Current trends, facts and perspectives on policy transformation: the case of housing delivery with special reference to Cape Town.

Parsons, T. (1966). Societies: Evolutionary and comparative perspectives. Englewoodliffs, New Jersey, Prentice Hall.

Pieterse, J. N. (2001). Development theory: deconstructions/reconstructions. Sage publications, London.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jpag.v9i4.15781

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Journal of Public Administration and Governance  ISSN 2161-7104

Copyright © Macrothink Institute

'Macrothink Institute' is a trademark of Macrothink Institute, Inc.

To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the 'macrothink.org' domain to your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', check your 'bulk mail' or 'junk mail' folders.