N West probes housing corruption

2010-06-04 20:10

Mafikeng - Investigations into corruption and fraud in housing projects in the North West are yielding results, Human Settlements MEC Desbo Mohono said on Friday.

“More arrests are imminent ... We must ensure that never again will people steal from the poor and get away with it,” she said in a statement.

"Several people have already been arrested and others convicted," she said, although the department could not say how many people.

The Special Investigating Unit had started to investigate housing projects after allegations that councillors were selling RDP houses, that beneficiaries were renting them out, and that public servants were occupying RDP houses even though they did not qualify for them.

"Those found to have participated in acts of corruption will be dealt with mercilessly. Government will recover wasted and irregularly spent funds,” Mohono warned.