The DA has filed a complaint with the office of Human Settlements Ombudsman to probe the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), under MEC Jerry Ndou, after it was established that the department spent over R68 million rectifying over 869 poorly-built houses in this financial year.
In a parliamentary reply to the DA, the Minister for Human Settlement, Nomaindia Mfeketo has confirmed that Limpopo is amongst six provinces that had to waste taxpayer’s money trying to rectify shoddy work in the last five financial years.
Besides the 869 houses that the department has already rectified, the department still have to fix another 5 291 instead of building new houses for the poor residents of Limpopo.
The DA can confirm that in Sekhukhune alone, 73 RDP houses were either abandoned or left incomplete in eight villages after doing a poor job.
These houses were meant for destitute families but were left incomplete since 2014 without windows, doors and roofing.
These houses are in the following villages :
Makupung Village-5 houses
Maepa Village 14 houses
Mokutung Village – 15 houses
Maparena Village-6 houses
Malaeneng Village-14 house
Mabelane village-6 houses
New stands (next to Police Station ) – 7 houses
Makgalane Village-4 villages
Despite the number of cases being reported regarding the shoddy work by these contractors, the department has failed to hold them accountable, recoup the money or to lay criminal charges against them.
The Department’s failure to ensure the completion of the houses is in contravention of Section 26 of the Constitution which guarantees the right of all South Africans to adequate housing.
To compound the matter, the department has dismally underperformed, underspent and only managed to build 17% of the housing target for the 2018 /2019 financial year and failed to meet the target of building 80 600 units by 2019.
This is a clear indication that the failing ANC government does not care about people oppressed by poverty.
The DA believes that many of these contractors are friends, comrades and relatives of the connected senior officials and politicians within the uncaring ANC.
The DA urges the ombudsman to prioritise this matter and ensure that all these implicated contractors are blacklisted and urged to pay back the money meant for these houses.
Only the DA-led government is committed to accelerate the delivery of quality services and put the people first and build One South Africa for All .
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