George Mari, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements
FAILURE by KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Human Settlements to respond to written concerns expressed by the DA almost a month ago, over an out-of-court settlement between eThekwini municipality and Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport – owned by controversial businesswoman, Shawn Mpisane – has led to the submission of written parliamentary questions to provincial MEC, Ravi Pillay.
The DA’s main concern relates to the fact that, despite Zikhulise’s shoddy workmanship on the Umlazi B10 housing project, the agreement could see the company being awarded future housing contracts within eThekwini. There are other aspects of the settlement require explanation, such as whether there has been any consultation with the department over who will fund the agreement, whether the municipality has in fact investigated the shoddy workmanship carried out at Umlazi B10 and who will be responsible for the rectification of this in terms of the agreement and the cost thereof.
The following further questions have been submitted to the MEC;
– Will the retention amounts of R3 273. 802.43 for phase 1, R1. 407 717.55 for phase 2 and R713,834.60 for GX2 and GX8 be paid to Zikhulise? If so why?
– Is there a guarantee to award future Housing Construction Tenders to Zikhulise? If so, why?
– Will the department fund such Tenders?
– Will the municipality pay for shoddy workmanship in the uMlazi B10 Project? If so, why?
– Does the agreement mean that Zikhulise will be paid for poor performance?
– Has the municipality committed the department in their agreement with Zikhulise? If so, how?
– Will the department accept the commitment?
– Are these funds available for the commitment and agreement?
The MEC is bound by legislation to answer these questions. Should he fail to do so in an open and honest manner, the DA will be forced to consider further action.