Tshwane in R85m housing ‘scandal’

The Tshwane municipality and the Gauteng housing department spent more than R85 million on a block of flats unfit for human occupation.

The city’s building control officers had reportedly declined to issue a certificate of occupation for the units, citing the poor quality and unfitness of the structure for human habitation, Pretoria daily, Pretoria News, reported today.

The millions were paid for 104 units that were less than 50 square-metres each. The newspaper report said the units were smaller than an average flat in the highly populated Sunnyside area in the city.

Calculations by the newspaper concluded that each of the controversial units was built at a cost price of R817 000, enough to buy a townhouse in Pretoria’s affluent suburbs.

Opposition parties had alleged that the contracts to build the units were awarded to unsuitable companies with strong links to influential ANC politicians and municipal officials, the report said.

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