Michele Clarke MPL
DA Constituency Head: Benoni
It is clear from the lack of action within the Gauteng Petitions Committee that the ANC government on both local and provincial level do not take the concerns of the people of Gauteng seriously.
The majority of petitions which we have been presented with relate to RDP housing issues. One story in particular was presented recently to the Petitions Committee which summed up the frustrations of many residents of the province.
This particular case dealt with community member Mrs Motubatse who was requested to pay R2479.00 to the housing department of Ekurhuleni. She was informed that her housing subsidy was approved in 2003 in Tsakane Ext 10. She deposited the amount into a Standard Bank account as required by the city on the 30 June 2004. To date she has not received her house or a refund and has subsequently submitted a petition.
In fact this particular project was never built in Ekurhuleni yet community members have been requested to pay the housing department.
When the Ekurhuleni housing department appeared at the Petitions Hearing they did not produce a report on the relevance of this matter nor did the MMC of housing attend the hearing.
I have written to the Speaker of Ekurhuleni about this incident and will also be requesting the Public Protector to investigate this particular case.
Premier David Makhura recently admitted in a reply to questions from the DA regarding public petitions that there are 215 unresolved petitions dating back to 2005.
That equates to a 10-year backlog of dozens and dozens of unanswered community concerns; this, while service delivery protests, such as those in Newclare this week, continue unabated across the province.
The DA will continue to work to ensure that the backlog is attended to and that any future petitions are given the urgent attention they require.