DA forced to submit oral questions over KZN’s non-existent housing waiting list

Hlanganani Gumbi, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements

THE DA in KZN has been left with no choice but to submit oral questions to KZN Human Settlement MEC, Ravi Pillay on the implementation of a housing waiting list for the province.

The move follows absolute silence on the matter since the MEC’s announcement during his budget speech that a list was currently being drawn up by his department.

That was more than 100 days ago.

Amongst the questions that the DA will submit are;

          How is this process being conducted?

          Who within the department has been tasked with this complex and sensitive task?

          What is the nature of the MEC’s interaction with municipalities and implementing agents?

          What criteria will be used when drawing up such lists?

          And finally, when will the process be completed

If MEC Pillay is serious about implementing waiting lists then he should by now have provided the KZN public with some kind of direction.

The DA sincerely hopes that this is not a case of smokescreen politics, aimed at keeping us quiet by announcing a waiting list that will never come to fruition.

The situation is reminiscent of the Provincial Youth Wage subsidy, where KZN’s former Premier announced the implementation of this much-needed programme to assist those without jobs, which has never materialised. 

If MEC Pillay is playing the same game he should note that the DA will do everything necessary to ensure a fair and transparent housing waiting list.  We are determined to stop the ongoing corruption associated with housing allocations in our province.