I was disturbed to see your story on Monday about the new prefabricated RDP houses for Gauteng. My first thought was, "It looks too good to be true".
How would a house that size fit on the average RDP plot and how many rooms will it have?
Housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane said people would be able to choose the size, colour or shape of their houses. Really? I find it hard to believe because her department has a poor record of delivering houses to the right people in a transparent manner.
She says these houses will complement, rather than replace existing RDP houses. As these houses look so much better, who will decide who gets the good houses. Also, why can't every person on the list get a better house?
I fear that this is just another shiny promise that the ANC is making to try and distract attention from its shabby performance in housing. Once again, the people are going to be disappointed.
The DA has warned before, that wild promises like Mokonyane's lead to disappointment and to violent protests in the streets. The MEC should rather be honest with people about what they will get, and when.
This story should come with a warning: Treat with caution to avoid disappointment and don't believe everything the ANC tells you.
Kate Lorimer, DA Gauteng spokesman on housing