The Presidential Years

A big argument that I remember was between him and Joe Slovo about the RDP houses. Madiba was very concerned because he said this thing would be a feature of our landscape for a long time to come: ‘Is this our only option?’ And there were arguments between them about whether there should be a big slab, a serviced site, and you let people built their own houses and you give them a subsidy to build whatever they want, or you build this small house. And seeing the first houses, Madiba used to joke that people’s feet would stick out the front door.

Jessie Duarte