KZN’s MK veterans take housing issue to premier’s office

2011-01-13 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal branch of Mkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) has decided to terminate engagements with the beleaguered MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Maggie Govender, over a housing project for military veterans.

According to MKMVA provincial secretary Nameh Mogale, the engagements over the provision of houses for military veterans started more than three years ago with MEC Govender’s predecessors and were continued with her at the start of her tenure.

The decision to terminate the engagements with Govender and refer the matter to the Office of Premier Zweli Mkhize was taken at a recent provincial Lekgotla of the MKMVA which took place at Oribi Gorge Hotel on the south coast recently.

“Our proposal is that we want the military veterans to be provided with housing under a special — not under the current — system as MKMVA members are not ordinary South Africans but we are a dying structure.

“The bureaucracy in the process of building houses for ordinary South Africans is so immense to the extent that when the time houses are ready, most of us could not be around,” Mogale said.

Mogale said the MEC and MKMVA differed on the system to be used on this project “as the MEC and her officials are insisting on the People Housing Project (PHP) system while we prefer the Project Linked Subsidy (PLS) system.”

On the basis of MKMVA’s verification committee, Mogale said, about 5 000 houses are required in KZN, including for dependants of those MKMVA members who had died.

Premier Mkhize’s spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said the premier prefers not to comment at this stage, but will issue an official comment after contacting structures of government and various stakeholders.

Other decisions taken at the MKMVA lekgotla includes an agreement that the repatriation of the remains of military veterans in Angola, Tanzania, Uganda and the rest of the world must be high on the lists of the provincial governments and ANC programmes and that government should assist in creating a provincial database of military veterans, their dependants and any qualifications they may have.

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