no housing graft says department

Vusi Ndlovu

Vusi Ndlovu

The Gauteng department of housing has denied any wrong-doing by its officials in the double allocation of RDP houses in Tembisa.

The fraud and corruption saga has left 466 beneficiaries of the RDP houses fighting to be accommodated after discovering that their houses were occupied by other people.

Department spokesman Aviva Manqa said an investigation completed in June did not finger any Ekurhuleni metro council official.

"We are satisfied with our investigation. If there are people with more information let them come forward," Manqa said.

His statement comes after confirmation by police that they were investigating a class action case involving 466 applicants of the RDP houses at Winnie Mandela informal settlement outside Tembisa.

The applicants claim that they had been swindled of their houses by corrupt officials from Ekurhuleni municipality, who allegedly sold them to people who had not applied for them.

They say the officials built houses at Esselen Park and gave them to queue-jumpers.

The preliminary investigative report compiled by the special investigating and anti-corruption units from the national Department of Housing concluded that there were 43 cases of corruption.