Madonsela checks on shoddy RDP contractors
PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela has urged the Limpopo department of cooperative governance, human settlements and traditional affairs (CoGHSTA) to compel shoddy RDP contractors to pay heavy fines after being blacklisted for their substandard workmanship.
Madonsela is on a two-day visit in the province to investigate maladministration in the RDP housing and illegal conversion of panel vans into minibus taxis, which she said were a cause for concern.
Apart from Madonsela's investigations the police's elite unit, the Hawks, the SA Revenue Service and the special investigating unit are also probing alleged tender irregularities, including fraud and corruption, in Limpopo.
Addressing about 300 delegates in Polokwane yesterday, Madonsela said maladministration is the key factor undermining the delivery of the constitutional promise of a better life to many people.
"We have decided to embark on a systemic investigation in response to a flood of claims over the years - ranging from alleged planning, inadequacies, procurement irregularities, which include corruption and fraud, leading to defective houses. I will also be investigating irregular allocation of RDP houses, missing of title deeds and illegal sales of RDP houses," said Madonsela.
Of the 1165 cases received by her office from Limpopo since March 31, she said 298 related to RDP houses.
In Phalaborwa alone, according to Madonsela, 162 applicants for RDP houses did not get their houses since they were allocated to non-beneficiaries.