Free State to build houses for Lesotho

Patricia Kopane MP

DA Leader in the Free State

Last night on SABC News, Free State Premier, Ace Magashule, announced that his provincial government will be building houses in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

The DA would like to know why Ace Magashule is building houses in that country when thousands of families in the Free State are forced to live in informal settlements without access to water, sanitation and roads.

There are currently 8700 houses in the Free State still awaiting completion, which the Free State government made a commitment to complete before the end of this year, at a cost of R 385 million.

In Ezenzeleni, 336 RDP houses and 94 land restitution houses are incomplete or partially completed, despite the fact that this project was initiated in 2009.  In Zastron, a town on the border with Lesotho, 670 houses remain incomplete.

Why is Magashule jumping the border to Lesotho to build houses with our money?

The people of the Free State deserve to get answers on this plan to build houses in Lesotho. The DA will submit a written question to Premier Ace Magashule in the Provincial Legislature asking for the exact details on the number of houses to be built and the financial costs involved.

In addition I will be making a members statement in Parliament today to highlight our concern.

The DA remains resolute in the fight to uplift people out of poverty and empower them economically. Formalising informal settlements and providing quality, free basic services such as housing, water and sanitation remain at the forefront of bringing about a more equitable society. The people of the Free State deserve a government that cares.