Vulindlela scheme: why Protector acted

2011-08-12 00:00

A TENDER of R2 billion being awarded to a politically connected company is one of several allegations that have prompted Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to conduct a preliminary investigation into the Vulindlela Housing Project.

Madonsela’s spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, said other allegations that concerned the protector are:

• The Human Settlements Department unlawfully and deliberately disrupted the Msunduzi Municipality IDP programme in order to award the tender to the Vulindlela Housing Association and in turn Dezzo Holdings Pty.

• The persons who will benefit from the housing project when it is fully implemented will not receive title deeds of the houses they own — even though their state housing subsidies would be used.

• The five amakhosi as leaders of Vulindlela Project should, in terms of the Rural Housing policy, drive the project, but are not part of the running and management of the project, having handed over this entire responsibility to Dezzo.

• The housing needs of the Vulindlela community are unreasonably inflated.

• Although Human Settlements claims the Vulindlela Housing Project is part of government’s policy of the “Enhance People Housing Process”, evidence exists of non-compliance with the policy of the process.

• Human Settlements has failed to show that adequate measures are in place to prevent and eliminate abuses.

Masibi, who was with Madonsela in Pietermaritzburg yesterday, could not say at this stage when the preliminary investigation will be completed.

The Public Protector’s office received two formal complaints on the project, one from the Democratic Alliance spokesperson on co-operative governance and traditional affairs George Mari and the other from concerned community members.

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