DA to launch petition on abandoned RDPS


The DA has launched a petition aimed at forcing the department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) to immediately complete over 100 abandoned RDP houses that have remained incomplete since 2014.
The party said the houses were abandoned and left incomplete by a contractor over five years ago. 
In many cases, the houses were left without windows, doors and roofing.

Cllr Isaac Makofane, said they became aware of the resident’s quandary during door to door campaigns, where many of the potential beneficiaries from the abandoned project currently live in tiny shacks and mud houses.
“A glaring instance of this poor service delivery is the 73 incomplete RDP houses in eight villages in Ward 1 of the Fetakgomo-Tubatse Municipality. It is alleged that the 
Department has failed to hold the contractor accountable for the mess that was caused and also failed to ensure that they complete the project.”

The abandoned and incomplete RDP houses were found at, Makgalane, Malaeneng , Makupung, Mabelane, Maepa Village and other villagers.

“The Department’s failure to ensure the completion of the houses is in contravention of Section 26 of the Constitution which guarantees the right of all South Africans to adequate housing,” added Makofane.
He said once the residents signed the petition, it will be delivered to MEC Bioskop Makamu and the Sekhukhune District Municipality’s executive Mayor Stan Ramaila for their immediate intervention. 
The party said that it will further engage with the department to make sure that active steps are taken to complete these houses and hold the contractor who abandoned the project to account.

Thapelo Motseo

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