DA: Evict squatting employees

2013-07-12 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance has called for the KZN Education Department officials to intervene and ensure that “hazardous” buildings in Langalibalele Street, where 44 public servants live rent-free, are cleared.

The Witness reported yesterday that there were public servants who have been living in the hazardous, dilapidated government building — many with families — for almost 10 years.

The DA’s Tom Stokes said these employees need to face disciplinary action and some form of re-orientation programme that will lead them to understand their role as civil servants.“It is alarming that long-standing irregularities such as this are being exposed through the media rather than being handled timeously by the relevant authorities,” he said.

“It is totally unacceptable that authorities, for the past 10 years, have been allowing people to live rent-free with free services in a building owned by the province and serviced by taxpayers’ funds.”

According to the department, under whose jurisdiction the building falls, there were plans to demolish it and build an office block on the site.

“Too often officials are reluctant to apply the letter of the law in inconvenient situations and merely push the file to the back shelf for someone else to solve the problem later.

“It is this lack of responsibility and lack of accountability that is dragging service delivery downwards and allowing lawlessness to seep into public administration,” Stokes said.

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