Mervyn Cirota MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Housing
According to reports this week at least 200 RDP houses in Brandvlei, Randfontein, have been left uncompleted and neglected for almost two years.
In this time, the houses have become a haven for drug users and vandals. Reports also suggest widespread corruption in the allocation of these houses to residents.
South Africa’s housing burden cannot be relieved if developments such as these are left to deteriorate.
I will be writing to the Gauteng MEC of Human Settlements to establish the following:
- What timeframes are in place to ensure that the refurbishment of this settlement is done timeously and people are able to move into this development?
- What processes were followed in allocating houses to those on the waiting list?
- Have any processes been followed to deal with alleged corruption in relation to the allocation of housing? If not, why not.
The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, in conjunction with local authorities, must act swiftly to ensure that the development is reclaimed and deserving beneficiaries are allocated housing accordingly.