By Kingsol Chabalala MPL, DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton:
Of 935 homes to be built as part of the Zonder-Water housing project in Evaton, Gauteng, only 256 have been constructed – despite 92% of the budget having been already spent.
In 2011, work began on the Zonder-Water housing development, but came to an inexplicable halt in March 2013.
For the past two years, the construction company that won the tender to carry out work on the project, Rirothe Construction, has not been on site.
The budget for this development was set at R5,5 million, but despite their having been no activity on site for the past two years, R5,1 million has already been spent.
It is of great concern that the Department for Cooperative Governance, Housing and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has not yet intervened on the matter.
In a written reply from MEC Jacob Mamabolo, it is indicated that this project will be complete in the 2016/17 financial year.
It is highly unlikely that 73% of the work that needs to be carried out can be achieved with little over 8% of what remains of the budget.
The DA will request the Auditor-General and the Public Protector to investigate the matter – as it is clear the Gauteng Provincial Government does not effectively deal with maladministration.
I will question MEC Mamabolo about this matter and demand he explain how this project has been ignored by his department, while residents of Evaton have been left stranded.