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By unknown | Jul 31, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Thousands of people stood in long queues outside the Gauteng department of housing in central Johannesburg in a last-minute effort to update their details on the provincial waiting list yesterday.

The rush was in response to housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane's Ziveze campaign to get applicants who are on the waiting list - some since 1996 when RDP houses were first built - to come forward.

Department' spokesman Aviva Manqa said yesterday was the last chance for people to update their details throughout the province.

"People can still come to our offices to update their details," she said. "The reason why many people flocked to our offices is that they had waited until the last minute."

Mokonyane first launched the Ziveze campaign in February in Sebokeng in the Vaal.

It has since spread to other parts of the province. The campaign will also help people who do not qualify for RDP houses to get alternative bonds and subsidised, semi-subsidised or rented houses.

Manqa said the campaign was also aimed at uprooting corruption and fraud in the department.

It would bring to book those who were not entitled to RDP houses but had applied for them.

"Our system is now able to detect people who had applied for RDP houses without being entitled to them," Manqa said.

"For instance those who in 1999 were still unemployed but are now employed and therefore not eligible for consideration.

"When they come to our offices we have all their details because our system is linked to the Department of Home Affairs and the South African Revenue Services."

Many people queued from early yesterday morning.

Melita Madala , 59, of Diepsloot, said she had waited for an RDP house for more than 10 years and had applied at least four times without success.

The hopeful Madala said she lived in a shack with her two unemployed children and two grandchildren.

"I pray to God that this time around I will be able to go into the offices and update my details. I still hope to get an RDP house one day," she said.


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