RDP houses used as Spaza shops
While other destitute families live in dilapidated houses and shacks
SEVERAL RDP houses in North West are being used as tuckshops while some destitute families live in dilapidated houses and shacks.
Most of these families in Uitkyk village near Madikwe were told they do not qualify for low-cost houses.
Paulina Khune, 62, said she had applied for an RDP house five times.
She said she was promised a house by former Moses Kotane municipality mayor Peter Molelekeng but is still living in a dilapidated home with her unemployed daughter.
Her daughter, Mmathapelo Khune, said at the mayoral imbizo this year, mayor Fetsang Mokati Thebe said the human settlements MEC gave her 20 RDP houses as presents.
"She said to us she was going to give them away to her favourite people. We are left like this because we are nobody's favourite," she said.
Wilfred Magazi, 73, and wife Emily said they were told that they would never get an RDP house because they do not have children.
Just a few houses away is a tuck shop in an RDP house. The shop's owner Hendrick Molotsane said: "This RDP was allocated to my nephews, they went to other cities to look for jobs, so I saw an opportunity. It is not a crime because I help my nephews with the money I make."
Human settlements spokesman Simon Mmope said the Khune family would get a house in six months.
He said the mayor was given 20 RDP houses as a mayoral special project, not as a birthday present.