Zuma slams those who sell RDP houses

2016-06-24 10:52
President Jacob Zuma arrives in Vulindlela yesterday to visit the area’s Rural Housing Project, whiich he hailed as a success.

President Jacob Zuma arrives in Vulindlela yesterday to visit the area’s Rural Housing Project, whiich he hailed as a success. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The involvement of the community in the Vulindlela Rural Housing Project will help decrease the number of people who sell their RDP houses after the hand-over, President Jacob Zuma has suggested.

Zuma said people who had been ­given houses by the government had gone on to sell them, because they played no role in the planning and building of the house.

“In most cases government does ­everything, leaving the community with no role to play. It makes it easy for them to sell their houses because they have no attachment to it and they do not know how much effort goes in to it,” he said.

He was speaking at Taylor’s Halt Sports Ground, near Pietermaritzburg on Thursday, where he revealed that more than four million government houses had been built and subsidies handed out since the dawn of democracy in 1994.

Zuma told a jubilant crowd that he was confident residents of Vulindlela will take pride in owning these houses, as the entire building process had been handled by 13 local co-operatives “in harmony”.

“This programme has offered local people skills development and has ­created many job opportunities. This is a great programme and we will take it to other places,” he said.

“We have passed that stage where people wait for government to build them houses. Now we want to partner with them to build more houses.

More than 12 300 houses had been completed since the commencement of the project, while more than 300 are in progress, he said.

Zuma also thanked traditional leaders for having supported the project.

“In most cases, we have a problem with them when it comes to issues of service delivery. This time they were willing to work with government.

“Other political parties were very supportive of the project. To have turned it into a political issue would have been gambling with people’s lives,” he said.

Zuma vowed to take the tally of houses that have been delivered since 1994 to six million by the end of his term.

His term ends in 2019.

Human Settlements MEC Ravi Pillay said the provincial government was already thinking about and planning what to do with the production plant, once the housing project had been finished. He promised more houses.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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