A LEGAL battle is looming between two Cope MPs and the Department of Public Works, Minister Geoff Doidge said yesterday.
Doidge said Dennis Bloem and Bishop Tolo "had refused" to move out of houses in Cape Town's parliamentary village - allocated to ANC MPs.
"Legal notices were served on July 6 and on July 9 and they opposed them. We are now heading to court."
Doidge said Bloem and Tolo were accommodated in houses allocated to the ANC - before they changed parties before the April election.
The two refused to move to houses allocated to Cope MPs. The two are among six MPs who had asked for an extension on moving out of their current houses.
Doidge said the refusal by the two had resulted in two ANC MPs - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Manto Tshabalala-Msimang - being unable to move into their houses.
Tshabalala-Msimang is still accommodated at the ministerial house and Madikizela-Mandela is in a hotel.
Doidge denied that Madikizela-Mandela was unhappy with the house allocated to her. "There is no indication (of this)," he said. - Sapa