DA: Evict squatting employees

2013-07-12 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance has called for the KZN Education Department officials to intervene and ensure that “hazardous” buildings in Langalibalele Street, where 44 public servants live rent-free, are cleared.

The Witness reported yesterday that there were public servants who have been living in the hazardous, dilapidated government building — many with families — for almost 10 years.

The DA’s Tom Stokes said these employees need to face disciplinary action and some form of re-orientation programme that will lead them to understand their role as civil servants.“It is alarming that long-standing irregularities such as this are being exposed through the media rather than being handled timeously by the relevant authorities,” he said.

“It is totally unacceptable that authorities, for the past 10 years, have been allowing people to live rent-free with free services in a building owned by the province and serviced by taxpayers’ funds.”

According to the department, under whose jurisdiction the building falls, there were plans to demolish it and build an office block on the site.

“Too often officials are reluctant to apply the letter of the law in inconvenient situations and merely push the file to the back shelf for someone else to solve the problem later.

“It is this lack of responsibility and lack of accountability that is dragging service delivery downwards and allowing lawlessness to seep into public administration,” Stokes said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.