Corruption claims halt housing project

2011-05-28 08:02

Johannesburg - Payments to a housing project in Middelpos, Western Cape have been suspended following claims of corruption around site allocation, the province's human settlements department said on Friday.

"There have been allegations of corruption against the outgoing Saldanha municipality, relating to the allocation of up to 1 350 sites to housing beneficiaries," department spokesperson Bruce Oom said.

"It seems like sites were allocated by council members without following due processes. They kind of hijacked the process and allocated to favourites, relatives and who they felt like really."

Two housing developments exist in the informal settlement, containing 550 and 800 sites respectively.

The area had been part of the ANC-controlled Saldanha Bay municipality. The DA took over the reins following last week's local government elections.

Provincial human settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela halted the project until corruption claims were investigated and the allocation process was reviewed.

"We need to consult with the Middelpos community to make sure we are in agreement with them about the beneficiary selection process and who will get the houses," he was quoted as saying in a statement.

"This will be done through a series of community meetings. Once agreement has been reached, then work will resume."

Madikizela said the shared vision between regional and local government would "unblock" a number of cases caused by a previous lack of co-operation.

  • Mthetwa - 2011-05-28 08:17

    Typical, typical, typical .......... Fix it now DA

      Grayman - 2011-05-28 14:15

      Yip, that is the big difference between the ANC and DA. The ANC stuffs up and then promises to fix it but doesn't. The DA collects the ANC stuff ups and then fixes them. They don't need to promise - they just do. Well done DA.

      Francois - 2011-05-28 14:35

      Can we someone in prison for this kind of behavior (the corrupt behavior), please? Comrade Cele, without fear or favour, remember huh? We will soon see someone of the DA in prison for exposing this under the secrecy bill, but that is another debate for another day.

      whatashame - 2011-05-28 17:21

      When the ANC were saying in the elction campaigns that all was not well in the Western Cape so don't be fooled by the DA delivery claims. They knew a thing or two - it was the ANC led municipalities once again that were failing the Western Cape. 17 years later and the ANC still can't get it right. DA show them how quickly you can turn this around.

  • Rastus - 2011-05-28 08:40

    Check the structures first - Community & Buildings - that's the DA way!

  • Kisha - 2011-05-28 08:48

    And Mantashe says Saldanha was the best run municipality in the Western Cape

      AJ - 2011-05-28 09:11

      According to the ANC definition of 'best run', Mantashe is correct. Any process designed to thwart the majority of service and benefit the bank accounts of a few, is running at optimum as far as ANC policy is concerned.

      BigD - 2011-05-28 10:29

      One cannot believe anything mantashe says.

      LuCypher - 2011-05-28 11:00

      Mantashe is a political animal and will say whatever suits his purpose. I worked with him for over a year and found he had limited intelligence but great street smarts - he is also manipulative. Take anything he says with a spoonful of salt . . .

      Grayman - 2011-05-28 14:13

      It WAS the best run (ANC) municipality in the Western Cape ... mainly because it WAS the ONLY ANC municipality in the Western Cape.

  • andrew - 2011-05-28 09:02

    Mr Zuma please take note: mina, mina, shekel, half-mina. This is the interpretation of the matter: mina, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; shekel, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; half-mina, your kingdom is divided and given away! Heita! Bru, your time is up!

      william.botha - 2011-05-28 09:18

      My version, according to the rules of evolution, a branch become stagnant when they reach uniformity, hence the low variance in the gene pool, to give an example, Impala all look the same, with little variance in the sub group. Stagnation results in low ability to adapt to new environments, so in the changing high tech scenery we humans find ourselves, there is little chance for the stagnant to adapt, hence they will stay exactly as they are and have been for millenniums.

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-28 10:58

      That is scientifically correct,william.botha. It does, however, not apply in this instance. The South African population, of all groups, varies from the ultra developed to the most underdeveloped. There is therefore a huge potential for change in a positive direction.

      william.botha - 2011-05-28 13:11

      maseratifitt, there is various angles on this matter, huge potential exists, but can exacerbate emotions if you consider this likely scenario. Those who adapt to science will seek partners in the same gene pool, increasing the lead between disadvantaged stagnant groups and the new super breed. I don't need to paint the scene that follows. The intent is there to reach out to stagnant populations from the achieved groups, but there are various factors that prevents the welding of this distinctly different groups. Number one on the list is the genetic difference, secondly it is about human nature, especially the behavior of marginalized groups who do not have the ability to reach the level of the super group, who will persistently try and eliminate the competition. Herein lies the area secret of what is happening in Africa, and it holds true for the laws of nature, in that domination is a trait of survival, and the only way that the lower groups can engage in domination is through elimination. It is undoubtedly evident in the sociology of Africa, and in general the whole world for that matter.

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-05-28 09:22

    The ANC wood worms will now start coming out of the wood !!!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-28 09:32

    Don't is at hand... There I fixed it - DA.

  • Ndlovu - 2011-05-28 09:41

    go on.. re-elect the ANC... A. N. C. = Awful Notorious Corrupt ;->

      Plaasjapie - 2011-05-28 23:34

      yes Ndlovu or A.N.C = Another National Crisis

  • 50something - 2011-05-28 09:53

    Next one - wait for Beaufort West

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-28 11:03

      Beaufort West is under control of the local gangsters and you can be sure they will keep their operation as clear as mud.

      clark - 2011-05-28 15:02

      - followed by Cederberg.

  • Rapier - 2011-05-28 10:02

    A colleague of mine was talking to a Russian lady, newly arrived in SA, with scant English - she asked "Why all signs on poles they say, Vote DA?" - so he then explained that it was the name of one of our political parties. "Oh good," she exclaimed, "I will vote for that party one day, because in Russian language, 'DA' means YES!" look like my hero Barack Obama was onto a good thing saying "YES I Can" - just give the DA party time, especially in situations like the one above, and more and more thinking people will be voting YES! - DA....DA! - instead of ANC - ALL NEGATIVE CON Artists....

      W H Kotze - 2011-05-28 10:59

      Yes, is it not surprising that some Russians still can't recognize the evil of Lenin's Bolshevic cabal? But then again, it could be that she was misled by the local DA ra-ra club.

  • Waarheid - 2011-05-28 10:13

    Not only is it the housing project that is halted, so is that fat anc gravy train! Go DA!

  • Serias - 2011-05-28 10:31

    Just hope all the shadowy deals are made public once investigated. Do a complete audit and carge the relevant responsible people accordingly.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-28 10:41

    One more place the ANC will never be there again....

  • Hamilton Ngwenya - 2011-05-28 11:03

    The DA will only lead in the WC where it is able grow its base. Assuming that the DA is growing is too far-fetched based on May 18 results. I want to bring your attention to the fact that the ANC has always outsmarted the DA's top brass, offering diplomatic roles to DA brands like D Gibson, T Leon, Z de Beer. The ANC will outlast the DA and f.y.i the trends of voting in the LGE and the Gen Elections are way different. I can recall corruption happening in the Botha/de Klerk eras. It sucks to read that most Wht folk think Blk folk is corrupt. It is prejudice of worst form. We always identify urselves as B, W, I and C instd of SAns. Mudslinging, Profanity and Fingerpointing is not helping heal political rift, build a better SA for all who live in it. A lot blog about Blk incompetence and corruption. What active role r they really playing to build a UNITED South Africa?

      Ockert - 2011-05-28 11:23

      So the ANC is not corrupt ?

      unproud - 2011-05-28 11:28

      "most Wht folk think Blk folk is corrupt." My friend Hamilton, if the shoe fits wear it. The truth really hurts doesn't it? With who should building a new SA for all really rest. It doesn't take a genius to find that out and if you have a problem, look in the mirror!

      Viparo - 2011-05-28 11:28

      Why don't you get of mxit and try again

      Doublepost - 2011-05-28 11:48

      The NP was corrupt, no one disputes that. However, the ANC has crossed that threshold ages ago. The NP siphoned off the top, trying to make sure it goes unnoticed! The ANC literally digs their snouts right through the trough and eat from the bottom up. The ANC's corruption knows no bounds and is proven by the very fact that over 90 % of municipalities in this country are bankrupt! They have eaten all that money which could have gone to education, proper medical care and even housing! Hey, Hamilton, do you like that, huh?! We tried for 17 years to build a better South Africa! All we get is blamed, killed, tortured, our tax monies stolen and then blamed again! Enough is enough, time to call a spade a spade! If you will not, with your democratic majority, vote out the ANC. We will have to look to other avenues to make sure that OUR freedoms are protected and that OUR children have a future to look forward to! That is it, Hamilton, either get on board or get out of the way!

      JM - 2011-05-28 12:14

      I'm white and I think the ANC is corrupt, not Black people. What's your argument now?

      william.botha - 2011-05-28 13:16

      It is a simple and yet complex process that is ever ongoing. For those who have a more global understanding, it is simple to understand that we as humans have not stopped evolving, or at least some of us. :-)

      Grayman - 2011-05-28 14:29

      Dear Hamilton, whilst you observe that we are all SAns (I take it that means South Africans ... and not sans, as in 'nothing') I really do think that you have misinterpreted the statistics in the LGE and the sentiment of the South African electorate. Our people are only now starting to mature as voters. The first step is to abstain, which the traditional SNC supporters did in droves, the next is to realise that you CAN vote for another party. The ANC is running very scared at the moment. You will see how aggressive their run up to the general elections will be. A clear indication of a wounded political party.

      Julius - 2011-05-28 14:58

      So the ANC is Black Hamilton ?

      Dog!! - 2011-05-28 17:45

      Dear so called united patriotic saver, why is Zuma to sh@t scared to enter into any debate with the DA on National TV?. I will tell you, because then the level of ANC incompetence would be exposed to the core for the whole nation to see!! Fyi, whites by nature is not corrupt, but exemplarily and the blacks should actually follow suit. Your reference to the word "outsmarted" is none other than its true meaning, liars, corrupt, embezzlements, criminals, bogus deals, bribes etc. Why do you think the ANC support the information bill it is the only way to fight the truth and nothing but the truth. Get a life as words will not undermine the whites integrity. You seem very uninformed and not in line with reality.

      Zebelon - 2011-05-30 22:26

      1. The use of B, W, I, and C is often heard from ANC leaders at political platforms. That role is deviding and not uniting S.A. 2. It is not Blacks who are said to be corrupt; it is the ANC personnel in government and civil service. No one is pointing at a certain colour. 3. corruption is not only covert, but also overt. Overt corruption is even legislated. Examples: Multiple presidential households that are supported from the state funds to the tune of millions of rands(in place of one household), including perks to more than fifteen children; expensive luxurious cars for those in cabinel( according to handbook design) etc. - funds that could have developed the poor. That is outsmarting not only the DA, but everybody, including you. Wake up.

  • Doublepost - 2011-05-28 11:38

    Come on DA, show your stuff! Take this corrupt ANC run municipality and show your supporters that they voted right this time! Prove to them that the ANC is nothing but a money grabbing, criminally corrupt little regime of a party! This is your time, with each new municipality you run, you will be able to show why you are far and away the better choice! And one more thing, choose a leader, after Helen steps down, based on merit and nothing else. Let us all train our future leaders by getting education back on track and instilling a "work hard to earn well" ethic in our children. Let us be done with this entitlement attitude that the ANC has brought with it! Time to get dirty people! Our very future depends on it!

      AfrikaTsoga - 2011-05-28 13:30

      You couldn't be more right brother. We need a strong leadership that will galvanize the whole country into working hard and not depend on government. We need a rigorous education system that will tap the potential of us all. We can't settle for less any more; the ANC has done enough injustice to this nation, their arrogance and ignorance has proved them to be what they are - egoistic and myopic. We just don't have room for that in this day and age: in a world of sophistication and competitiveness. The world does not know Africa's potential simply because our leaders have not stretched our abilities hard enough, in fact they have not even tried; instead they created a society that is state dependent whereas the state should be the one depending on the society's productivity and creativity - more like the Chinese, Indians, Japanese, Singaporeans and of course the Europeans and America. We are as human as all in the world. Our struggle must be geared towards creating a future not unnecessary lamentations about a gone past. The past is only a lesson nothing more nothing less. Until that is engraved in the ANC's minds then we know we are doomed but I believe DA is a bacon of hope. And the ANC can be one too only if they want to - but that is liking hoping against hope. Afr!kaArise

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-28 22:25

      AfrikaTsoga :"but that is ... hoping against hope" I am sure many of us feel that way at times, but it is your kind of thinking that creates hope for many of us. Keep it up and rub it off.

  • Saffer - 2011-05-28 12:20

    Considering that the DA has taken 130 municipalities off the ANC we can expect thousands more corruption deals to be exposed over the next few months .... this time with Justice and Jail sentences because its the DA doing the clean-up. YAY!

      Ogre - 2011-05-28 14:40

      Now I can understand the urgency of why the government of SA has to have the new ammended Info Bill passed. If this bill can be passed before any reports of corrupt dealings in the municipalities newly run by the DA can surface, these reports can be classified under the new bill and the DA will be effectively muzzled. The same can be said for any information uncovered by any concerned citizen, political party member or government employee.

  • Hamilton Ngwenya - 2011-05-28 12:21

    It is not the DA that is going end corruption and incompetence. It is everyday people like urselves. The DA leading SA in ur lyftime is just wishful thinking. Don't let anger and prejudice cloud ur good judgment. As for finding other means of removing the ANC frm pwr is just another pipe drm. Cmn sense shd have by now taught u dat the majority always outvotes minor divided grps.

      Trextoo - 2011-05-28 13:28

      So you voted ANC to end its corruption and incompetence? No, your vote implicitly condones the ANC leadership's perseverance in its corruption and incompetence.

      Ogre - 2011-05-28 14:54

      @Hamilton.Just a continuation of my previous comment on the article about the Information Bill. The ANC has just proven their contempt for the voter as well as established institutions like COSATU that have voiced their dismay about the ammendments to the Info Bill. This can possibly be the most damageing action the ANC could have undertaken by trying to force this through. If they succeed, the credibility of the ANC and the country as a whole will be negatively affected, but this will be a constant red light flashing to the ANC supporters as to how the "freedom" they have strived and fought for has been betrayed. This will only be the start of the slippery slope. Whether this slippery slope will be for the ANC or for democracy is for us to decide. I think the ANC are constructing the method of their own defeat. A pity, because they have some people that can be of great benifit to SA.

      clark - 2011-05-28 15:42

      - The black people in this country have yet to figure out the concept, principles and underlying benefits of a democracy. They regard any oppositon political party as a threat and the enemy, to be distrusted , scorned , demonised and destroyed. The real value of a democracy is that it ensures proficiency, honesty and continual striving to serve the needs of citizens , by all parties concerned. Now ,if there was a voter education programme in this country,the less well informed citizens would understand that for a healthy democracy to function effectively, strong opposition parties are vital. You can bet your very last buck, that the Anc will never want to educate and inform the people about those democratic values and virtues.

      Plaasjapie - 2011-05-28 23:46

      yes you are right hamilton, the DA can't stop it(stopping corruption in ANC), but people voting for the DA will definately stop it- watch this space

  • Airwolf - 2011-05-28 12:56

    The ANC again, that makes perfect sense.

  • william.botha - 2011-05-28 13:19

    I am willing to bet a huge wager that those who exhibit criminal tendencies do so due to genetic inheritance and have very little control over their actions.

      william.botha - 2011-05-28 13:20

      So in a nutshell, criminals are a BAD BREED.

      abrham - 2011-05-28 15:00

      racism is taught

  • Hamilton Ngwenya - 2011-05-28 14:01

    It doesn't matter what scientific analysis concludes about human race for SA will always b led by 'low intellect' Africans. Either u get on board in making your voices heard in anti-corruption or sit all day in front of your techno-gadgets, blogging. This is AFRICA, the land of 'savages' where the jungle laws apply, Adapt or Die'.

      william.botha - 2011-05-28 14:24

      It's a shame isn't it?

      Ogre - 2011-05-28 15:04

      I agree with your sentiment that we should all get on board in combating corruption by making ourselves heard and seen, irrespective of out petty hates,prejudices or fears. I would just like to ammend the jungle law you quote. "Change that which you have control over, adapt to that which you don't, or die trying".

      Craig - 2011-05-28 16:49

      Your attempt at irony is sad. Lindiwe Mazibuko is everything that Melema is not, including, but not limited to, 'low intellect' and 'savage', and the last time I looked she was a black lady. While a lot of people here equate ANC with black (including you it would seem), I do not, I just equate it with maladministration, crony-ism and corruption.

  • Julius - 2011-05-28 14:56

    A Nother Corruption

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  • Tom - 2011-05-28 18:19

    This is a great way to prove to other municipalities that the DA can make a change for the better. The election was only a week ago and the DA is already making a difference! First Western Cape then the entire country!

  • Gail - 2011-05-28 19:59

    Give the DA a chance...afterall the Cape Town Metro was the only Muncipality that had a CLEAN AUDIT! Go on DA, show then what service to the people is about!

  • james strawson - 2011-05-28 20:04

    It is such a pity that these councillors and politicians can watch their own people suffer while they become the fat cats driving fancy cars and owning numerous lavish mansions!

  • Collitjies - 2011-05-29 11:32

    With the DA in charge now everything with be done above board. It appears that everything where the ANC are involved is just pure corruption.

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