Housing list accused state case

2016-11-23 06:00

The ward councillor of Lerato Park, Paul Kock, hit back against allegations that he has been tampering with the housing beneficiary list of the Phase 2 housing development.

Kock and his two co-accused, Community Development Workers (CDW) Dimpho Rooibaadjie and Sannah Mangope, who are also accused of benefitting unduly in the housing process, gave clarity during an interview with Express Northern Cape.

This follows previous published articles where several members of the community expressed their dissatisfaction regarding Kock’s involvement in the allocation of the newly-built houses.

The councillor began by accusing some of the concerned group members of trying to dent his image in an effort to gain political positions.

He vowed that no one will ever occupy the houses in the manner that he himself and Alfred Selloane did in the previous occupied Phase 1 houses.

Kock and Selloane were previously accused of moving into the houses belonging to other beneficiaries, which were reportedly later given to them.

“In this phase, there is systematical security measures in place. Even I will not get the chance to tamper with the administration processes of chopping and changing the list as they say,” he said.

This is the same list that was called out during the 2015 meeting by the mayor of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, David Molusi, and the MEC for Coghsta, Alvin Botes.

“I inherited it just as it is, thus I do not even have sleepless nights over it. We cannot manipulate the process at this stage,” Kock said.

He further revealed that there is a possibility that some of the beneficiaries will not get houses due to the fact that the number of approved beneficiaries exceeds the number of available houses.

According to Kock, the outstanding beneficiaries will therefore be moved to the Phase 3 housing project.

“That is, if there will be a Phase 3 housing development. It is our wish for the MEC of Coghsta to announce that there will be a Phase 3.”

He said the dispute cases will possibly also come in handy, as some of the subsidies are outstanding disputes, which will be settled by the Sol Plaatje disputes council.

He added that the aim was initially for the Lerato Park development to stretch up to Phase 7, “as there is land available. The only challenge is whether there is a budget available”.

Rooibaatjie is accused of using her children to get a house. She said the reason she benefitted was due to the fact that her two children, who are under 18 years of age, are dependents on her late father’s subsidy.

“Their names appeared under his name on his subsidy form and they are minors.

“My father was approved for a house before he passed away.

“I do admit that me and my husband do not qualify for an RDP house because of our income,” Rooibaadjie said.

Sannah Mangope, on the other hand, is accused of faking a divorce to get a house.

“Rumours that I was faking a divorce while I was still with my husband are not true at all.

“My marriage failed. I separated from my husband and built my own shack in an effort to start anew.

“My ex-husband applied for a house – with the children.

“I was not even aware of it until we later re-united.

“We were both aware that we do not qualify before the divorce,” added Mangope.

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