Residents of a transit camp in Welbedacht at Chatsworth, south of Durban, say they continue to live in shacks with pit latrines, 25 years into democracy.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane visited the camp that is in DA-led Ward 77 in the eThekwini Municipality.

The area is battling dire poverty, inadequate housing,  sanitation and unemployment.

Thirty-five-year-old Sashika Govender laments her living conditions.

“My husband’s parents lived and died there for 53 years (sic). We still are waiting for houses. It’s so bad. Toilets, we are still using the pit system. It’s very, very hard and unhealthy. Each time the pit gets full we have to dig another one. I feel if we get an RDP house, it will be better for my kids.”