Neglected Brandvlei RDP development only ready next year

Mervyn Cirota MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Housing

In response to written questions from the Democratic Alliance (DA) regarding the neglected Brandvlei RDP development in Randfontein, MEC for Human Settlements in Gauteng, Jacob Mamabolo, indicated that residents will only be able to move into the settlement in March 2015.

The MEC further indicated that the contract with the service provider is completed and the houses are already certified. Despite this, more than 200 RDP houses have been left neglected for almost two years during which they have become a haven for drug-users and vandals.

In his reply, the MEC denied any reports of widespread corruption in the allocation of these houses to residents.

According to the MEC, these houses were earmarked for residents of the Siyahlala Informal Settlement and by the 2011/2012 financial year, 292 units were already completed.

We cannot accept that a completed housing development has simply been left standing when South African’s housing burden is so urgent.

I will be submitting follow up questions to the MEC to establish exactly what the delays have been and why residents will only be able to move in next year.

I will also be raising allegations of corruption within the Human Settlements Portfolio Committee as they deserve investigation. The MEC cannot simply plead ignorance and not commit to taking this very serious matter further.

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.