select
|

Rooting out corruption

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale on Wednesday detailed a number of steps that his department had taken to root out corruption in the low-cost housing sector – including the arrest and dismissal of several public servants and investigation of 57 housing projects valued at over R4.2 billion.

Delivering his Budget Vote, Sexwale said 40 investigations had so far been completed, while a further 17 were still ongoing.

Provinces were participating in the investigations, he said, noting that Limpopo had taken the lead among provinces in probing housing contracts.

Sexwale said added to this, 24 contractors had been blacklisted for shoddy workmanship, non-delivery and incompetence.

These cases and others had been referred to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

Further to this, more than 290 public servants had been arrested for suspected housing subsidy fraud and 250 had been found guilty and a further 220 were facing internal disciplinary action.

Nearly R30 million lost through corrupt activities has been recovered, he said.

Added to this, action had been taken against three public servants, namely:

•  Thami Mpotulo, the former chief director of the National Sanitation Programme, who had been found guilty of dereliction of duty and improper conduct and had been dismissed.
•  Sipho Mashinini, the suspended chief executive of the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), who had been found guilty of financial misconduct and the presiding chairperson of the enquiry, retired Judge President Myburg of the Labour Court, had recommended a summary dismal.
•  Vanessa Somiah, a former SAPS detective and top SIU investigator - who was irregularly employed at the NHBRC by Mashinini - has had her employment terminated by the Board with immediate effect.

Said Sexwale: “I say this with a heavy heart. My job as a minister is not to be a policeman chasing people around, but you members ask me questions about these things and you always ask me ‘show me… investigations… what have you done’.”

In the last financial year, the department had spent 98% of its budget and built 180 000 housing opportunities, and created 76 000 job opportunities – including 50 000 direct jobs – through a number of key housing projects across the country.

These include: Lakehaven in Ethekwini, KwaZulu-Natal; a Brandford Women’s Build project in the Free State; Mazista, Swaartruggens in the North West; Seshego in Polokwane; Klarinet, Emalahleni in Mpumalanga; China Square Project in Kimberly; the redevelopment of Jabulani Hostel in Soweto; the densification of Joe Slovo in Cape Town and the Southernwood social housing project in Buffalo City, Eastern Cape.

Sexwale singled out the use of recycled materials that had been used to build houses in Blue Downs – using the rubble from the demolished Athlone cooling towers which were imploded in 2010.

He congratulated Anglo Platinum for helping to build 20 000 homes, at the cost of R1.4 billion, for their employees in the North West and Limpopo, under the department’s Each One, Settle One campaign.

Mining giants Gold One and BHP Billiton would soon be making similar announcements too, he said.

However, he said though there had been considerable response from the private sector, many JSE-listed companies had not joined the campaign.

Over 22% of enquiries and pledges to the campaign are from those who want to build homes for their domestic workers and 15% from those who wish to offer technical expertise to the department.

He said the department’s turnaround strategy had now been completed.

In line with the Cabinet decision to have all housing-related legislation located within the Department of Human Settlements, Sexwale said the Estate Agency Affairs Act had been transferred to his department from trade and industry.

This would help his department to fast track the deracialisation of residential areas, he said.
He said sanitation had been elevated to a national priority under the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission



  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
  
2000
Characters remaining


    Latest Property News
    • 22 Nov 2017
      Most people know of the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) and that levies must to paid to fund its operations. In this article the experts at Paddocks will address some of the issues that are causing confusion.
    • 22 Nov 2017
      While sales have noticeably slowed in most sectors in most Cape town suburbs, the security estate sector in Constantiaberg has bucked the trend by remaining buoyant, with sales by August this year already surpassing total sales in 2016.
    • 22 Nov 2017
      The end of the year is fast approaching, and so are all the travellers, tourists and holidaymakers. For those who live near or own a property in a holiday-hotspot, the festive season also brings with it an abundance of short-term rental opportunities. Its a great way for property owners to make a few extra rand for their own holidays or to put towards their savings.
    • 21 Nov 2017
      The buying process is over, and the moving truck has delivered your household goods to your new property. Now it’s time to unpack and turn your new house into a home.
    • 21 Nov 2017
      When an offer to purchase a property is signed by both buyer and seller, this constitutes a binding agreement or “Deed of Sale” between the two parties. However, in most cases the “standard contract” might not be enough to cover all the specifics pertaining to the sale. The agreement may require some additions or alterations to clauses, which needs an expert hand in the drafting of such
    • 21 Nov 2017
      As more and more South Africans look to invest in property abroad, Spain is offering them one of the best deals in global real estate.
    • 20 Nov 2017
      Since 2012, sectional title complexes have been leading the South African property market, not only in terms of price growth, but sales volumes as well. Remaining relatively strong, even in the face of 2017’s political and economic turmoil, experts say this market segment could offer valuable insight into South Africans’ property purchase priorities.
    • 20 Nov 2017
      Regardless of whether you are purchasing your first start-up home, downsizing or moving in with roommates, finding ways to maximise small spaces can be a big advantage, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.
        
    X
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Name  
    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    select
    X
    Share this Page

       
    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    About
    Connect with us
    FEEDBACK