by Andrew Louw – DA Premier Candidate
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Date: 28 February 2019
The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape is calling on COGHSTA MEC, Bentley Vass to urgently address the mismanagement of RDP houses by Siyathemba municipality.
This comes amidst concerns that RDP housing is being rented out to police officers and even an ANC ward councillor, from R300 per month, at the expense of rightful beneficiaries.
This is not the first time that Siyathemba municipality has come under the spotlight for irregularities relating to RDP housing.
Not long ago, there was a court case relating to the unfair allocation of houses to beneficiaries who were parachuted onto the lost above people who had been residing on the land for years already. Siyathemba municipality eventually withdrew its case against the beneficiaries, who refused to vacate their shacks.
With the current backlog of RDP houses in the province standing at 24 865, it is irresponsible for the municipality to continue to deal with the issue of housing so indifferently.
There is a great need for RDP housing in the Siyathemba area, as most residents rely solely on their SASSA grants and cannot afford to rent these houses, even for a small amount of money. Some residents in the area have been waiting for RDP houses since 2005, yet their names never see the light of day.
While COGHSTA officials are well aware of the current situation, it seems that the patronage system employed by the ANC continues to outweigh the process of fairness in the allocation of housing.
A DA-led government will launch a national housing audit to verify the current ownership of RDP houses to identify where houses have been allocated through corruption or have been sold illegally. We will also create a single national housing database which each province and local government will have to cross-reference to prevent beneficiaries from benefitting more than once, in order to prevent the corrupt from queue jumping and to ensure that beneficiaries meet all the requirements for housing assistance.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that fair opportunities for RDP housing, as well as alternative housing assistance, are granted to all residents in need, so that more people can enjoy the freedom of owning safe and dignified living spaces.
DA Premier Candidate
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