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By unknown | Jul 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The DA plans to pressurise the housing portfolio committee to explain the Gauteng provincial government's housing policy when they return to the chambers at the end of the month.

DA housing spokesman Kate Lorimer said yesterday the party would ask the provincial housing portfolio committee to explain why two and sometimes three families had been made to live on one stand at the Winnie Mandela informal settlement in Tembisa on the East Rand.

Lorimer was responding to Sowetan articles in which we reported that families who had applied for low-cost government houses at the Winnie Mandela informal settlement had been made to share stands.

The department of housing has strongly defended the placing of more than one family on a stand, saying the extra families had only been placed temporarily on the stands while permanent stands for them were being sought elsewhere.

Lorimer said the DA had made several attempts to get the housing list from the legislature but was refused.

"Following a number of allegations of corruption in the allocation of the government's low-cost housing, we demanded to see the housing waiting list but we were ignored," she said.

"We tried to use the Public Access to Information Act but the MEC for housing, Nomvula Mokonyane, pictured, refused."

Lorimer produced a document from Mokonyane's office in which the office denied the opposition party access to the housing waiting list.

The document reads: "The waiting list is the tool of the department to understand the housing demand in the province and all beneficiaries recorded can come and check their status and it is something that we cannot make public."

Lorimer added that the last housing audit in Gauteng, which was done in 2002, had showed that the province had a backlog of 600000 houses.


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