by Cllr Reinette Liebenberg – DA Councillor in Sol Plaatje Municipality
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Date: 11 July 2018
Sol Plaatje Mayor, Mangaliso Matika, must be held accountable for killing the hopes of thousands of Kimberley residents, whom he has robbed of the opportunity to appear on COGHSTA’s official housing needs register.
Approximately 25 000 Sol Plaatje residents, who previously applied at the municipality for houses, are unaware that their names no longer feature on any housing waiting list at all.
We have reason to believe that Sol Plaatje Municipality failed to comply with instructions to converge its housing waiting list into the centralized needs register at COGHSTA. Since 2016, the DA frequently requested a copy of the waiting list, but to no avail. We thus strongly suspect that the municipality never submitted the names on its waiting list to COGHSTA. Meanwhile, its elusive, old waiting list has since been declared null and void.
This is incredibly unfair to the thousands of citizens who are under the false impression that their names still feature on a valid housing waiting list somewhere.
Felicity Oor is one such resident. Oor applied for a house in 2010. She visited the municipality two weeks ago to establish what number she is lying on the waiting list. To her shock, she found out that her name no longer appears on any housing waiting list.
While Mayor Matika, together with the Minister of Human Settlements, Nomaindia Mfeketo, are putting on a big show about handing out houses in Kimberley today, they should also use this platform to tell the people of Sol Plaatje the truth.
The truth is that high scale inefficiency and incompetency within the Human Settlement Committee in Sol Plaatje, coupled with a lack of transparency and the ad hoc allocation of housing, largely to those with connections, is jeopardizing the chances of a better life for thousands of Kimberley residents.
Sol Plaatje Municipality needs to embark on a massive public awareness campaign to tell housing hopefuls of their lot and give them the opportunity to resubmit their names for the new needs register.
The DA meanwhile, will embark on its own campaign in Sol Plaatje, to provide residents with information about the old waiting list and the new needs register, and how they can submit new applications for housing.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that there is transparency and efficiency when dealing with the critical issue of creating homes for the poorest of the poor and restoring the dignity of the homeless.
Cllr Reinette Liebenberg
DA Councillor in Sol Plaatje Municipality
071 733 2640
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387