Gauteng housing MEC out of touch with department’s promises

By Lebo More MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Petitions and Cooperative Governance:

Thousands of Gauteng residents will not realise their dream for decent housing due to the false promises made by MEC of Human Settlements Jacob Mamabolo.

The department of Human Settlements continues to degenerate with no effective leadership, planning and transparency.

Consequently, MEC Mamabolo fumbled on information contained in his department’s annual report for 2014/15 financial year.

The annual report indicates that the department built 52 houses in Sokhulumi Village, Tshwane, yet this is not the case.

In a written response to a DA question, the MEC said that the 52 housing units were actually completed in Ithembalethu, Krugersdorp.

In fact, a mere 26 slabs have been completed in the Sokhulumi Project. Contractual disputes have delayed the project with the contract valid until March 2016.

After the DA verified the true state of affairs, MEC Mamabolo suddenly retracted and argued that there was an error on the annual report.

It is clear that the MEC statements are hopelessly out of touch with the truth, which begs the question whether he is aware of what goes on in his department.

While the people of Gauteng are in desperate need for the delivery of decent housing, the ANC-run government continues to deliver sanitized speeches promising unrealistic goals.

The DA is determined to bring a reliable and responsive government to the people of Gauteng.