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COSATU in the Northern Cape said it supported the demolition of poorly-built low-cost houses as suggested by Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale.
"It is indeed a shame and an insult to let our people stay in brick shacks under the guise of service delivery," Cosatu said in a statement yesterday.
"However, we want to take the call further and call for a forensic investigation of all the shoddy projects in the province so that the culprits, both in construction and in government, are brought to book."
It said that for "every corrupt government official there is a corrupt businessman and vice versa. So both must be harshly dealt with.
"People did not just want shelter, they wanted decent houses. Poorly-built houses should be removed from the statistics of service delivery as they do not belong there.
"In fact, we need to have statistics of low quality houses that they built for our people before they ran away to form the Congress of the People," the statement said, referring to a group that broke away from the ANC shortly before the April election.
It said contractors should not be paid in full until their projects were completed and inspected.
Cosatu claimed that the houses were built with below-standard materials during former housing MEC Pakes Dikgetsi's term of office.
"When we made noise and raised concerns about the poor workmanship at that point, he was the one who jumped to the defence of those projects," Cosatu said of Dikgetsi who joined Cope in January.
Sexwale said on Tuesday that in the Northern and Eastern Cape alone, 3000 houses would have to be destroyed as a result of "shoddy and corrupt workmanship".
Dikgetsi told OFM radio that this was due to poor monitoring. - Sapa