Bad builders have to pay

IT FEELS a bit like deja vu. We have said in this very space and on this very subject that an ounce of prevention saves a pound of cure.

IT FEELS a bit like deja vu. We have said in this very space and on this very subject that an ounce of prevention saves a pound of cure.

Minister of Human Development Tokyo Sexwale has now given the monetary value of not adhering to this time-honoured wisdom. The state will now spend R1, 3billion on fixing defective RDP houses that would have gone to the many other deserving needs had it remembered that a stitch in time saves nine.

Speaking in Alphendale, East London, where the defective houses were demolished, Minister of Human Development Tokyo Sexwale deserves praise for taking the action knowing that opposition parties would milk the occasion to show how right they have been about the dodgy manner in which government contracts are given.

Sexwale should not be asking who built the houses. Surely the municipalities that gave the contracts know who the culprits are.

We will hold Sexwale to his word that "we are going to fix the problem, but first we are going to fix the people who caused the problem".

The state has been threatening fire and brimstone against those who mistake the national purse for their own wallets. We have seen little action taken against these criminals, which explains why they have continued in their nefarious ways.

This, and other forms of impunity, must come to an end now. Sexwale must make Alphendale the cemetery of all those who even just think of robbing the poorest to enrich themselves.

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