Alex housing: MEC blames South Africans

2011-10-21 22:17

Johannesburg - Residents of Alexandra in Johannesburg who sell their RDP houses, contribute to the cause of the housing debacle, said the local government and housing MEC on Friday.

"The problem is not with foreigners, the problem is with South Africans... foreigners find that they were sold houses by South Africans," said MEC Humphrey Mmemezi.

"We should rather spot these South Africans that are doing what they should not be doing, because RDP houses are for the poor."

He said people were only allowed to sell their RDP houses after eight years and when they have been given title deeds.

The MEC emphasised that rental stock was a "free for all" and that both South Africans and foreign nationals were allowed to rent RDP houses.

Six officials have been suspended on charges of corruption.

He said they were being investigated for allegedly having sold RDP houses and in some cases renting them.

The minister said after he met with the Alexandra stakeholders, it was agreed that people who applied for RDP houses in 1996, would be given first priority.

He said the elderly, disasbled and child headed homes would also get preference. The MEC said by the end of 2012, the department hope it would have housed all the 1996 applicants.

Mmemezi was briefing journalists on the outcome of his meeting with Alexandra stakeholders.

  • Reshan - 2011-10-21 22:33

    "We should rather spot these South Africans that are doing what they should not be doing, because RDP houses are for the poor." - Should be easy to spot them they're all corrupt officials working for you...

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2011-10-21 22:55

    I wonder how many people who were the actual recipients of RDP houses still live there? So easy to move into a shack and claim a new house, if you have the right connections. There is no control. Just another waste of tax-payers money. No-one appreciates what they get for free.

  • Van - 2011-10-21 23:55

    Once again I'm not surprised by my fellow 'poor' South Africans. When you get something for free you don't attach any real value to it. This whole RDP type housing systdm is a breeding nest for corruption and plain theft. But then we know how our well loved ancESTORALs feel about that. It is their right. An RDP house should be seen as a state owned, like in the good old days of municipal houses. You can stay in that house for as long as you or your children want. You got it for freeee so you can only give it away, for freee. The only problem is that our ancESTORS can not even run a cash register at my local Coles, let alone a housing scheme like the RDP. This is now the second time when proof is presented that my fellow South Africans are only in it for the money. They want farms, they get it, they ruin it then they sell it. Eish, no wonder they stay just where they are.

      Joseph - 2011-10-22 02:57

      This thing of free housing is not working at all,i think the governmant should stop it with inmmediate effect.let people buy their own stands and no fighting will ever happen.This thing free housing is creating a charity state than a hard working state.

      Van - 2011-10-22 03:50

      The ancESTORS know the only way they will stay in power is to extend the foundation of handouts, like free housing, grants, ARV's and the rest. They have only one choice open to them. They need to keep it up until the wheels come off. Thay will start to happen around 2016-2018. Then you will see the chaos and plunder that is going to take place.

      See - 2011-10-22 05:48

      You are describing the mess that is Africa - total incompetency. Africa's inhabitants just don't get it (even if they don't live in Africa).

      william.nettmann - 2011-10-22 11:27

      Van, municipal housing was allowed to be sold by the recipient after 8 years as well under the Nationalist government (whites only, of course). The whole of Witpoortjie, on the West Rand, is made up of "sub economic housing" - houses that were sold to "poor" whites for a nominal amount, on condition that they couldn't be sold for 8 years.

      Yar - 2011-10-23 13:59

      I agree. The whole scheme is not working. There has to be a better way.

  • africanwolf - 2011-10-22 06:04

    Mr MEC they sell the houses, because they didn't need to work for them they got them for free, from our tax money, who cares? they should not be able to sell them and if they can afford a better house, pass the RDP house to the next poor person.

  • Walter - 2011-10-22 07:32

    This makes me absolutely ill. Like I said in previous forums, there has been no proof that foreigners got RDP houses illegally (well, I am sure so did/do) but that South Africans rented them to them (or, as we now know, sold them to the foreigners). And I am pleased that the MEC found clear words to tell the people in Alexandra that the problem is with the South Africans, good! What can be done? Possibly extend the 8 years to say 12, to make each participant of a free house contribute at least one month wages (to the cost of the house) that maybe that way, some feel some 'ownership' of their then "not totally free house'. Or make them help build it? Surely, if there is a man waiting for a house, he can help lay bricks?

  • brian.heunis - 2011-10-22 07:57

    Usually when you work your butt off for something you appreciate and cherish it much more than getting it for free! I'm all for providing housing for the poor, but this approach is clearly not working. Someone is making loads of cash from this scheme......

  • Heibrin - 2011-10-22 08:38

    So lets see... applied 1996, housed in 2011-2012 (the latter more likely) that's 15-16 years to build how many houses, determine who should get them and having those people move in. Can anyone say: 'Incompetent'?

  • Mark - 2011-10-22 09:40

    I cannot believe that this man is is stupid enough to say that 1996 applicants will be given first preference...15 years later. These applicants should have been in houses within the first 5 years minimum...meaning 2001. The current government has so much to answer for. They are not just corrupt, self serving and greedy. My opinion is that are directly responsible for our crime statistics, as it is in their best interests to encourage crime as it creates an environment more conducive to promote their own interests. I know my post is not well thought out, ...but, just a point to make.

  • Dorothea - 2011-10-22 11:59

    this is just so typical of the previously disadvantaged. they take every opportunity that is given to them and turn it into something perverse. i see this mentality in the corporate world. they get a fabulous opportunity based on their skin colour and what do they do? they behave as if this is something that they are owed. they dont embrace the opportunity for growth. they rush out and buy the bling car, put on the fancy suit and this is where it ends. and then they expect the white person on a lower salary to do the work..... oh well, there are fewer and fewer whites around each year prepared to put up with this one sided consumerism. they will milk the country for all its worth and then become the dustbowl that characterises the rest of africa.

  • Hugh - 2011-10-22 13:29

    I reported a case two years back in KZN where an eigteen year old male was the partner of some official. Him and his mother got RDP homes. His is rented out while he "works" in Gauteng. The emabasassing thing was she told everyone that the lord had been kind "praise the lord" she shouted to all who would hear. Bloody hell, praise her sons tight bum the lord had nothing to do with it.

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