Old troubles back to haunt MEC

Eric Naki

Eric Naki

The alleged fraudulent approval of several development projects and the allocation of land for them in Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni has come to haunt Gauteng agriculture and environment MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu once again.

The matter came to light when DA Gauteng MPL Rika Kruger handed Premier Mbhazima Shilowa a dossier detailing projects which the department had irregularly approved.

The projects include a service station in Libradene in Boksburg, the Water Edge development, the R500million Ebotse Golf and Country Estate and Celia Nestadt shopping centre, all in Benoni.

Others are the R800million Blair Athol Gold Estate in northwestern Johannesburg, Sedgewood Village in Boksburg, R300million Clearwater Estates in Boksburg and the estimated R1billion Waterfall Country Club in Midrand.

Kruger alleged Mosunkutu had overruled his own officials in favour of rich developers.

These developers had broken laws protecting the ecologically sensitive areas.

The MPL alleged that a signature was forged on documents to get approval for the building of a petrol station at Libradene.

"Despite this the MEC appears to have gone to extraordinary lengths to accommodate the developer," Kruger said.

Yesterday Gauteng DA legislature leader Jack Bloom submitted an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act asking Mosunkutu to give the party Shilowa's response to its request for a probe into the projects.