Housing drama unfolds

2016-11-09 06:00
The Lerato Park Phase 2 development is underway.

The Lerato Park Phase 2 development is underway.

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Drama is unfolding at the Lerato Park Phase 2 housing development, as beneficiaries have started to demand answers regarding the allocation of new houses and the alleged tampering with the beneficiary list.

This is after a new list was called out during a meeting by Cllr Paul Kock on Sunday, 30 October.

The new list revealed new beneficiaries, who have started occupying the newly-built houses since last week.

The Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) and the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality distanced themselves from the issue and sent Express Northern Cape back and forth for answers.

This is with regard to who was in charge of changing the beneficiary list and who allocated the Lerato Park Phase 2 houses, of which most are still under construction.

The residents havethreatened to forcefully occupy the new houses if CoGHSTA and the municipality do not deal with this allocation processes.

A meeting is believed to have been scheduled by the speaker, Elizabeth Johnson, for Tuesday (08/11), whereto Kock was summoned.

The confusion comes after residents with orange numbers were assured by David Molusi, former Sol Plaatje mayor, and Alvin Botes, MEC for CoGHSTA, that they would get the houses.

During a meeting in July 2015, Botes and Molusi called out the names of at least 100 of the 290 beneficiaries on the amended list and there was the expectation that vulnerable people would be accommodated first.

Residents with orange numbers are referred to as the original owners of Lerato Park, plus people with disablities and the elderly.

At that time, Botes promised that young people, who were reported to be the biggest part of the beneficiaries at this stage, stood the risk of being removed from the priority list.

The residents want to know who really was in charge of drawing up the list and they accuse Kock of tampering with the allocation process at CoGHSTA offices.

According to a group calling themselves the Concerned Group From Lerato Park Shacks, the process was fiddled with so much that even the Community Development Workers (CDWs), including their acquintances, were given priority, while the elderly and disabled were left behind in shacks.

They were reportedly told that they would be on the Phase 3 beneficiary list.

There are people with JZ numbers, who were not even on the 2015 list, who are now on top of the beneficiary list. Some of those were not even living in Lerato Park shacks and claimed the existing ghost shacks.

“Even the daughter of Paul Kock, who was still in school when we filled in the subsidy forms in 2009, owns a house now,” said a disgruntled beneficiary.

CoGHSTA, through the spokesperson Xhanti Teki, reffered Express Northern Cape’s enquiry to the Sol Plaatje Municipality and said they were not in a position to respond.

The enquiry included questions as to what the role of a councillor should be and whether there will be a Phase 3 housing development.

The Sol Plaatje Municipality referred the newspaper back to CoGHSTA, while it was denied that Kock is the one allocating houses.

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