By Michele Clarke MPL, DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Benoni:
The DA calls on Gauteng human settlements MEC, Jacob Mamabolo to investigate the construction quality of housing delivered to Albert Luthuli ext 6 in Davyton.
During a recent oversight visit to the community, the DA found houses damaged by rising damp, walls cracked, water damaged ceilings, and extremely dangerous electrical connections – posing a serious risk to people.
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According to a written response, the Department of Human Settlements paid more than R37 million to service providers Urban Dynamics and LTE Consulting for this so-called housing flagship, which falls far short of what should be quality housing.
One would think with such elaborate expenditure decent housing would be delivered, but instead it appears that corners were cut to maximise profits.
To this end, the DA will submit questions to MEC Mamabolo to establish whether any building regulations were violated in the construction of these homes, whether the electrical connections comply with regulations, and whether the department carried out consistent monitoring and evaluation to ensure that homes were compliant and safe before handing them over to deserving beneficiaries.
Access to adequate housing is a constitutional right which the state should provide with available resources. The DA will ensure that no corners are cut to achieve this national priority.