RDP hearings to continue - Madonsela

2012-07-26 14:42

Johannesburg - Public hearings on complaints about RDP houses will continue from next week, public protector Thuli Madonsela said at a breakfast briefing on Thursday.

"We have had a flood of complaints regarding RDP houses and so we decided to do systematic investigations by hearing directly from people," she said.

She had already been to KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. The North West and the Free State would be visited in the coming week. The hearings would be wrapped up by end of August.

"We get stories directly from people on how problems with the houses have impacted on them."

Madonsela said corruption was the main problem when it came to planning and approval of human settlements.

Madonsela said inspectors in some instances signed away houses as complete even when they were not.

"In the Eastern Cape, a woman was given an incomplete house that an inspector had signed off as being complete and ready for occupation.

"Some beneficiaries in KwaZulu-Natal said they received only a toilet or one room and were told to finish building the houses themselves," she said.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-26 15:03

    What about this Shawn Mpisane, they were into buiding these RDP houses then she was had up for fraud. How did she get so rich so quick and now just look at her showing off her new business Designer Shoes. Originally her money came from building RDP HOUSES. In the old days, this is a joke now, a building inspector was sent to check the foundations of the building, then when it got to roof height and finally after completion he would sign off and the builder could collect his last payment. This is not so anymore but of course you can tell these very inteligent people anything because they know it all.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-07-26 15:18

    My comment keeps getting deleted. This is again more proof the the anc don't give a damn about the poor. The RDP has done nothing other than made a small handful of people super rich at the expense of the poor who continue to grovel in the dirt. Even those RDP house which are completed soon fall apart due to shoddy workmanship and inferior materials. Economic freedom in our life time!? Sure...

  • xoli.xuma - 2012-08-02 09:02

    the government should have respect for the poor. The should strengthen their monitoring mechanisms.

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