Madonsela hears about RDP woes
NORTH West residents appealed to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela yesterday to help resolve problems with RDP houses in the Matlosana municipality in Klerksdorp.
Madonsela is in North West as part of a systematic nationwide investigation of complaints about RDP houses. Her office had received at least 2305 complaints about RDP houses from North West.
Young and old packed the Klerksdorp town hall and told how they had been forced to sign up and occupy houses even when they complained about the poor standards of construction.
Some residents said they had been waiting for their houses for years, but to no avail.
Foundations were poured and then abandoned three years ago in Joubertina township, said resident Buti Tshabalala.
He said his local councillor had told him that the government was "meeting people halfway" and that he should complete building his house himself.
A mother of three broke down when she tried to explain that her house had been completed, but was then given to someone else.
The occupant of her house, who was a civil servant, refused to move out and municipal rates were accumulating under her name, she said.
Madonsela also told the meeting that a municipal employee lost his job after raising the alarm on poorly constructed RDP houses in the area.