Demolition of RDP houses must be investigated

By Katlego Suzan Phala (MPL), DA Constituency Head for Molemole:

The DA has written to the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Makoma Makhurupetje, to urgently investigate the demolition of the incomplete RDP houses that were completed by residents at their own expense in Mogodi, New Stands in Molemole Municipality. The housing projects here were abandoned by the contactors between 2005 and 2008.

The abandoned RDP projects, estimated to worth more than R5 million, were discovered by the DA during a massive door to door campaign yesterday.

The DA has learnt that some of these houses were part of the 2005 and 2008 housing projects, but they were left incomplete by contactors.

Due to the Department’s failure to put measures in place to monitors all these projects, some residents opted to use their last monies to buy building materials to finish the houses.

Few years after completing the houses, the residents were shocked when some officials, claiming to be from the Department, came to their houses, alleging that the RDP houses are not meeting the required standards set by the Department as they were poorly built and deserve to be demolished and re-built with immediate effect.

After the demolition of some of the houses, those officials never came back to rebuild it. Residents are now too scared to finish it, thinking that they might come back to demolish it again.

During the 2015/2016 budget speech, the Department pronounced that they are targeting to build more than 8500 houses. It is unfortunately evident that this target will not be met.

We have also noted that the alarming trend in ANC Municipalities of poorly built and grossly neglected RDP houses. This warrants an urgent intervention from the Department.

The DA urges MEC Makhurupetje to launch an investigation into these occurrences and hold officials accountable and compensate the residents for damage caused. She must also ensure that these houses are completed before rainy season approaches.