Disteneng chaos: MEC must intervene

Jacques Smalle MP

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

Human Settlement MEC, Mr Ishmael Kgetjepe, must establish a task team to probe the mess at the Disteneng informal settlement outside Polokwane. The people of Disteneng have been promised that they will be moved to a better place by the provincial government.

The provincial government’s plan was to hand out stand vouchers to the identified recipients.

The problem is that vouchers were haphazardly handed out, which means that many of the legitimate beneficiaries did not receive their vouchers.

The people of Disteneng are therefore highly confused and unhappy about this process, especially because there are only 1750 vouchers for 6000 households there.

They are also still suffering from a lack of service delivery as Disteneng does not have access to proper sanitation, water and electricity.

It is also alleged that many of the recipients are not even on the municipality’s database, while the rightful dwellers are forced to buy the vouchers from  those who don’t want to be relocated to the new area. People are incredibly frustrated in Disteneng.

The DA believes that a task team needs to be set up to sort out the mess and get the vouchers to their intended recipients. People should not have to pay or suffer in any way because the provincial government could not organise the relocation effort properly.

The task team must also ensure that there is transparency and fairness in the process.

If MEC Kgetjepe does not put a task team in place, the legitimate residents will be overlooked.  I will therefore write to the MEC today to urge him to take action to restore fairness to the Disteneng relocation process.