R137.7 million spent on repairs to RDP housing in Gauteng in three years

Mervyn Cirota MPL

DA Spokesperson on Housing

In response to written questions from the DA, Gauteng Human Settlements MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, indicated that 45 853  low cost / subsidised houses have been repaired at a cost of R137.7 million from 2011 to 2014 in Gauteng.

Only two contractors were initially appointed to build homes at the affected settlements which stretch across the province from Winterveldt, to Diepsloot, to Duduza.

However, they did not actually carry out any of the work as they sub-contracted the projects to various smaller service providers.

The department has now absolved itself of responsibility for the repairs as the smaller service providers cannot be tracked down apparently.

This means that the department expects the public to pay the cost of repairing these homes.

The two large service providers do not currently hold contracts with the province but the DA believes that they should be held responsible for the financial burden of the repairs.

I will be requesting that the Human Settlements Department re-coup all R137.7 million from the contractors.

We cannot afford to waste such huge amounts of money on repairs alone when South Africa’s housing backlog remains in crisis. Almost 1370 new RDP houses could have been built on the cost of these repairs alone.

Having 45 853 houses in need of repair is an indictment on the service providers and they should not be contracted to do any further work with government.