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More than R400m spent fixing shoddy RDP houses - Sexwale

By Olebogeng Molatlhwa Political Reporter | May 11, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 23 ]

THOUSANDS of people in desperate need of housing have possibly been denied an opportunity to own one because of poor workmanship and corruption in the construction of houses.

Human Settlement minister Tokyo Sexwale has revealed that hundreds of millions of rands earmarked for the construction of RDP houses was instead used to fix poorly built homes.

Sexwale revealed that his department had spent R400 million to rectify shoddily built houses between 2002 to present.

According to the department's estimations, Sexwale said, the money could have been enough to build 7,000 RDP houses.

"Significantly, over R400 million of the budget was spent on rectification of shoddy houses that predate the year 2002, which could otherwise have been used to construct over 7,000 housing units," the minister said.

But, Sexwale assured South Africans that newly built houses suffer the same fate as their predecessors.

"Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that the houses that are being constructed are aesthetically superior and of high quality standard and design," said Sexwale.

Sexwale - who following his installation as human settlements minister vowed to fight graft in the department - was not shy in admitting collective grave instances of corruption and maladministration.

He revealed that current investigations had uncovered corruption totalling billions, while also releasing names of high ranking officials who had been fired as a result of investigations which brought to light their illegal activities.

The minister indicated that more than 50 construction contracts with a value of R4,2 billion were the subject intense investigations.

"Over 40 investigations have been completed and 17 are ongoing," said Sexwale.

About 24 contractors in Limpopo have since been blacklisted for shoddy workmanship, non-delivery and incompetence, with R1 million recovered from them.

Sexwale said these companies had been referred to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) "for further action".

More than 290 public servants charged with having committed housing subsidy fraud had been arrested, more than 240 had since been found guilty while another 220 were facing internal disciplinary hearings.

The department said R30 million lost through corruption had been recovered.

Housing official Thami Mpotulo was dismissed after having been found guilty of dereliction of duty while another - Sipho Mashinini - was recommended for a summary dismal.

Vanessa Somiah - a former SAPS Detective and top SIU Investigator - had her employment at the National Home Builders Regulation Council (NHBRC) terminated as she was "irregularly employed" at the company.

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We need to see some of these people in jail. If 40 investigations have been completed, then why are there no cases. Why does the SIU have to investigate further.

May 11, 2012 7:44 | 0 replies

Why cant anc give our poor people decent houses as promised and run sa efficiently as per their mandate.

May 11, 2012 9:15 | 0 replies

Soweto and its matchbox is an affluent suburb comparing it to the ANC provided ramshackles.

May 11, 2012 9:36 | 0 replies

Blackstone.lebs

Good idea. They can send the 'princess' to the Ministry of Everything Except Healthy Males. She couldn't possibly screw that one up any more than it already is.

May 11, 2012 9:43 | 0 replies

Good minister now build the houses for South Africans who are homeless not for the visitors who have overstayed.

May 11, 2012 10:10 | 0 replies

It still confuses the heck out of me why people still vote for the anc!! All the evidence is out there for all to see that the anc is reducing this once beautiful and functioning country to a cess pool and international laughing stock!!! The poor are getting poorer and yet the i d i o t s still vote for the very people who are putting them further into the slums. You get what you vote for. So please no comments from anc supporters

May 11, 2012 10:52 | 0 replies

♪♪♪♪Some people,♪♪♪♪ They do it quickly,♪♪♪♪ Some people♪♪, Take their time oh some people never get it right♪♪♪♪To them is just a waste of time. ♪♪♪♪There's so many ways to do it ♪♪♪♪But the only way to do it, is to do it properly♪♪♪♪ Do it ♪♪ Do.., do..do...do..do it♪♪

♪♪♪♪Some people, don't really give a damn, when they do it, it doesn't look done♪♪♪♪Don't you ever see yourself seeking the best? You got to be number one♪♪♪♪Let me tell you♪♪♪♪Let me tell you ♪♪♪♪ Do it properly, Do it ♪♪ Do.., do..do...do..do it♪♪

May 11, 2012 12:5 | 0 replies

keep digging minister

May 11, 2012 12:8 | 0 replies

hmmmmmmmm, so that's why the government went the e-toll route so that they can quickly recover this money,

Come on Mr Minister, get all that money back, we want it, thats our tax money waisted there, please get it

May 11, 2012 12:24 | 0 replies

my anc my future...my foot!

Why in a fully Dem0cratic country (for nearly 20 years now) do people still want to remain ab_used and neg_lected? The African desire for pa_in and suf_fering is truly unbe_lievable, when will we ever get out of this mas0chistic mindset? We are a Dem0cratic Republic that is er0ding away before our very eyes and quickly becoming a King_dom for zooma and his hench_men.

So much p0tential and resources here in S.Africa and the continent of Africa! Yet we would rather sit and wait for scr_aps while listening to empty pr0mises than get up and make the cha_nges for ourselves. Why so?

We need to wake up to the fact that we are being fed lie_s to keep us fear_ful and divi_ded so that those in p0wer stay in p0wer and can keep the rich_es to themselves. We then need to educate those less f0rtunate than us about their dem0cratic right and duty to the country. Apartheid will never ever return because 99% of the wh1tes in this country will never allow that to happen again - FACT! So please don't believe the fal_se anc p0pulist pr0paganda, they are the ones who have the most to lo_se if their is a cha_nge of govt...and the people of S.Africa have the most to gain - it is glaringly obvious!

We now need to make that cha_nge and v0te with our heads and not our hearts. Haven't we suffer_ed enough at the hands of abu_sive govts over the years of our history?


May 11, 2012 1:13 | 0 replies

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May 11, 2012 9:11 | 0 replies