By Patricia Kopane, DA Leader in the Free State:
The national Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, in response to a written question I submitted, has confirmed that her department has initiated a forensic investigation into allegations of corruption and maladministration by the provincial Department of Human Settlements and the managing agent, Amohela Properties, at Masimong 4 Estate in Welkom.
In August this year, my colleague in the provincial legislature, Leona kleynhans (MPL) and I were invited by representatives of residents at the Masimong 4 Estate to hear their complaints pertaining to corruption, nepotism, mismanagement, illegal evictions and irregular contracts and to see where we could assist after they have had no recourse from either the national of provincial departments of Human Settlements.
Leona Kleyhans (MPL) submitted a written question to COGTAH MEC Olly Mlamleli requesting clarity on these allegations. MEC Mlamleli dismissed these allegations and stated that there is no evidence to suggest any fraud and corruption in the management of of the estate.
Masimong 4 Estate is a paid-for social housing initiative that seeks to address the housing gap for people earning between R800 to R7500. It is alleged that despite the fact this is a social housing initiative, and ANC councillor serving on the Matjhabeng Council managed to secure a unit at the estate. MEC Mlamleli claimed that she was unaware of this allegation and that she would investigate. To date we are still waiting for MEC Mlamleli’s findings.
The DA welcomes the forensic investigation as announced by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and it is our hope that her department concludes the investigation as soon as possible. The DA cannot allow for the exploitation of those that are most vulnerable in our society. Social assistance should always be extended in a transparent and equitable manner.