PHA board must be dissolved and investigated

Jacques Smalle (MPL)

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader:

The Democratic Alliance in Limpopo will this week write to Coghsta MEC Makoma Makhurupetje, urging her to dissolve Polokwane Housing Association Board due to its failure to resolve long standing problems between the residents and the municipal entity.

This Polokwane Municipality entity has been facing problems ranging from poorly installed water meters, internal and external leakages, leaking roofs and leaking toilets since its inception.

The DA is reliably informed that the same entity changed the initial rent-to-buy lease agreements without consulting residents. This and other matters including poor maintenance of the residential area eventually led to tenants defaulting on rental payments.

The DA understands that both the municipality and PHA contributed to the problems the residents are faced with in that residents reported leaking water meters but the municipality would issue large bills and still take steps against defaulting residents. Some have bills ranging between R100 to R80 000 for water in a 2 bedroom flat.

Polokwane Municipality must lead by example and first put its house in order before taking away people’s constitutional rights to basic water and electricity.

We call on MEC Makhurupetje to swiftly intervene and ensure that there is stability at Garena Rental Village as soon as possible.

Tenants of the rental village are encouraged to also play their role in payment of the services rendered to them.

We will also approach the public protector for the release of its investigation outcomes that is believed to have demining findings which could be useful towards a solution into these matters.

The DA will also monitor the developments in this regard to ensure that residents realize the benefits to an open opportunity society for all.