“Residents in desperate need of dignified housing, projects remain incomplete and vandalised”

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) leadership in Gauteng conducted oversight inspections at the incomplete housing projects at the Kwa-Masiza hostel community residential units, and the Boiketlong incomplete housing project, in the Emfuleni Local Municipality.

DA Gauteng Leader Solly Msimanga said they were appalled to discover the current status of the incomplete residential units at Kwa-Masiza hostel, where the housing units have been vandalised.”This is one of many incomplete housing projects across the province that have been left deserted and vandalised, yet our people are in desperate need of housing.

The DA added that it has also learnt that the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements had spent at least R46 million in the 2012/13 financial year to convert the Kwa-Masiza hostel in Sebokeng into community residential units.

“The project remains incomplete and vandalised.The contractors and the security services abandoned the site in 2019 due to non-payment and now the site has become a target for vandalism.”

Msimanga said based on previous experience, the longer the housing projects remain incomplete and unoccupied, the more likely they will become targets for illegal occupants, vandalism, and corruption.

The Boiketlong housing project which is part of the Gauteng Mega Housing Project was meant to build 7000 housing units but has been left incomplete, with only 72 units completed and allocated.

Msimanga further said the DA will table questions in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature to the MEC for Human Settlements, Lebogang Maile to ascertain when will these two projects are going to be completed, how much has been spent so far, and how much budget is left.

“We will continue to put pressure on MEC Maile to ensure that these projects are completed and the rightful beneficiaries are allocated to the housing units as soon as the projects are completed.”

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