RDP hearings to continue - Madonsela

2012-07-26 14:42
Thuli Madonsela. (Beeld)

Thuli Madonsela. (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Public hearings on complaints about RDP houses will continue from next week, public protector Thuli Madonsela said at a breakfast briefing on Thursday.

"We have had a flood of complaints regarding RDP houses and so we decided to do systematic investigations by hearing directly from people," she said.

She had already been to KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. The North West and the Free State would be visited in the coming week. The hearings would be wrapped up by end of August.

"We get stories directly from people on how problems with the houses have impacted on them."

Madonsela said corruption was the main problem when it came to planning and approval of human settlements.

Madonsela said inspectors in some instances signed away houses as complete even when they were not.

"In the Eastern Cape, a woman was given an incomplete house that an inspector had signed off as being complete and ready for occupation.

"Some beneficiaries in KwaZulu-Natal said they received only a toilet or one room and were told to finish building the houses themselves," she said.

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