SACC: RDP houses uninhabitable

2009-09-09 18:35

Johannesburg - The SA Council of Churches on Wednesday called for a probe into Reconstruction and Development Houses in Limpopo, describing them as "simply uninhabitable".

"The trend in which the construction of some of these houses [were built] is a direct result of poor governance and blatant negligence of our people by government," said Ecumenical Secretary, Reverend Mautji Pataki, in a statement.

"We find it distasteful that a government can afford to pay for projects that have either been abandoned or poorly built," he said, adding that this amounted to mismanagement of public funds.

'Death traps'

Pataki's statement follows a visit by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) to Limpopo, which commenced on Monday.

The NCOP reportedly described RDP houses in the province as "death traps" due to poor workmanship.
Some of the houses visited had large cracks while bricks fell from others when a door was shut.

Pataki called for a probe into the matter in order to recover the money lost and charge those responsible, should anyone be found guilty of fraud or corruption.

A spokesperson for the housing department in the province could not immediately be reached for comment.