IFP withdraws accusation about building company

2011-11-29 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) yesterday withdrew its widely publicised accusation that Zikhulise Maintenance and Transport company — owned by Durban socialite Shauwn Mpisane — is responsible for the construction of a house that killed a 39-year-old man in Umlazi recently.

Julius Khumalo died instantly when his low-cost house in Umlazi was weakened during last week’s storms and collapsed on him.

The party was threatening to take the matter to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, but yesterday “unconditionally retracted” its allegation implicating the Mpisane family.

The party’s deputy national spokesperson, MPL Joshua Mazibuko, said the IFP had been told by residents that the houses in J-Section of Umlazi were built by Zikhulise.

“Our statement was issued in good faith, based on the information we received from some residents of the area.

“And we had no reason to doubt the accuracy of the facts since we had received them from the people who occupy those houses,” Mazibuko said.

“However, having heard of the Mpisane family’s denial of any involvement in the said housing project, the IFP wishes to express its apology and to unconditionally retract the assertions made which laid the blame at their doorstep.

“We regret the inconvenience this has caused to the Mpisane family. The IFP has no personal vendetta against the Mpisane family.”

A spokesperson for the Mpisane family, Vuyo Mkhize, who had earlier said the Mpisanes would demand a retraction from the IFP, said they were satisfied with the party’s apology.

Mkhize warned political parties to consider such accusations with care before issuing media statements because this might have detrimental repercussions for those concerned.

At the time of going to print the company that built the houses in Umlazi had not responded to questions sent to it by The Witness to answer allegations raised by the community.

Councillor Nigel Gumede, the head of housing department at eThekwini Metro Municipality, said the area where some of the houses were built is eroded and not suitable for human settlement.

“I was told that recently a family of 10 people were removed from one house in anticipation of danger and the house collapsed a few minutes after they were vacated. No matter how these houses were built, the locality is not suitable for the of houses,” Gumede said.

He could not say why the municipality had approved the project if the locality was not suitable, but he blamed the council’s “in-situ upgrade” policy whereby residents have houses built irrespective of the suitability of the area.

• skhumbuzo.miya@witness.co.za

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