Hawks to probe corruption in Missionvale RDP project

An explosive report that details how a complex web of corruption led to one of Nelson Mandela Bay’s biggest RDP housing debacles has been handed over to the Hawks.

The audit report, commissioned by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu about nine months ago, is an in-depth look into how the construction bungle in Missionvale – which saw houses built before water and sewerage services were installed – occurred.

It affected more than 2 500 families.

The probe was part of Sisulu’s intervention in the municipality’s housing department, tackling the rot in what was for several years a seemingly untouchable department mired in fear, secrecy and power struggles.

The intervention, which formed part of a larger effort by the government to step in and clean up the municipality, saw a team of national and provincial officials brought in to fix the mess in October.

According to acting city boss Johann Mettler, the audit uncovered:

• Illegal occupation of houses;
• Houses wrongly allocated to non-qualifying beneficiaries;
• Houses built without services;
• No plumbing in houses;
• Incomplete bulk infrastructure; and
• Houses built in low-lying areas prone to flooding.

Mettler said the municipality was installing water and sanitation infrastructure to fix the problems.

 

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