Delivery of houses in Mangaung delayed: ANC

2012-03-27 18:59

Johannesburg - The delivery of houses in Mangaung township in the Free State is being delayed because of construction material theft, ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said on Tuesday.

This was one of the complaints from ANC leaders and councillors in the township who met with Motshekga.

"The meeting discussed some of the critical challenges facing the township, which include the slow response to service delivery issues by municipal officials," Motshekga said in a statement.

"Local ANC leaders and councillors lamented the spate of construction material theft, which impacted on the speedy delivery of houses and the quality thereof."

Motshekga said the ageing infrastructure in the area needed to be repaired immediately.

The management and capacity of parliamentary constituency offices had to be strengthened to play a central role in addressing challenges faced by communities.

The meeting was part of the ANC caucus visits to provinces to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of parliamentary constituency offices.

It was decided that a privy council office (PCO) management committee should be established in the area, said Motshekga.

The PCO committee had to develop programmes that would respond to community needs and had to ensure that the PCO was functional, he said.

"The management committee should ensure that local people's assemblies are convened regularly to give feedback to communities about issues they have raised," said Motshekga.

Public representatives had to respect the committee and abide by its directives.

Motshekga would also meet with community members in Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu later on Tuesday.

  • Ben - 2012-03-27 19:10

    Some people will steal your milk out of your coffee.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-27 19:11

    OH Really...they can't collect the waste on time in Tshwane because eeeh the trucks/fue stolen too...

  • Scouter - 2012-03-27 19:16

    Always an excuse, always someone else's fault - never there own incompetence and inability to get the job done.

  • ewanvb - 2012-03-27 19:20

    All I hear is just more excuses for not delivering on promises made, they most probably want to keep the housing back for the next election promotion of the party to proof that they can deliver.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-03-27 19:26

    So, put a fence around the site and appoint guards to protect the materials. Or is that going to make too big a hole in the profits?

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-03-27 19:36

    What if the thefts are because the material is just sitting there and wasting away? (i.e. "Well, nobody's building anything with these, so, let's just help ourselves")

  • Sidney Gilroy - 2012-03-27 20:05

    Haybo! Blame mysterious thieves. Next we will be hearing the Tokoloshi is responsible for the circus that is the ANC.

  • anthro45 - 2012-03-28 06:49

    It's a case of thieves stealing from thieves.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-03-29 23:22

    Somehow the DA is going to be blamed for this...the ANC is just so high on its own ass fumes it cant account for anything in its organisation...

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