By Mervyn Cirota MPL, DA Gauteng spokesperson for Housing:
Incompetence and illegal practices by officials of the Ekurhuleni housing Department, has caused 133 residents and the Ekurhuleni Concerned Residents Association (ECRA), to launch a high court application to compel the department to rectify the misallocation of homes.
Although these persons are registered as owners and are billed for services, they remain living in shacks without water, sanitation or electricity.
According to reports, corrupt officials are allegedly distributing homes to persons not reflected on the lists.
People should not be forced to turn to the courts to have their rights upheld, as the principle of putting people first through Batho Pele is supposed to be ingrained in the minds of all government officials.
Despite the denials of MEC Jacob Mamabolo, the lack of accountability on local and provincial spheres of government is a clear indication of a downward spiral in the delivery of quality and decent housing to those who need it most.
The revelations in the department’s fourth quarterly report that Gauteng needs a further R58 billion to repair poorly constructed housing, and that that the provincial housing backlog has reached 800 000, clearly indicates a fundamental crisis in Housing delivery in the province.
The DA has on numerous occasions called on the MEC to initiate a multi-party committee to investigate the entire rollout process of state-subsidized housing in the province, and in particular the alleged corruption and incompetence in the allocation process.
The DA will continue to highlight corruption and ensure that the freedom of Gauteng residents is realised with fairness for all.