IFP Appalled by Waste of Tax-payers’ Money

02 December 2013    


The IFP has expressed shock at what it called the total waste of tax-payers’ money by the Department of Human Settlements in KwaZulu-Natal. The party's angry statement emanated from Human Settlements MEC Ravi Pillay’s admission that his Department failed to recoup millions of Rands wasted by companies that had been awarded tenders by the Department to build low-cost houses over a period of ten years, and which had failed to produce quality work. This the MEC revealed in last Thursday’s sitting of the Legislature when responding to a question posed by IFP Member of the Legislature, Joshua Mazibuko. 


Reacting to the MEC’s response, Mazibuko said: “The IFP is appalled that, in the face of vast backlogs in housing delivery in KwaZulu-Natal, the Human Settlements Department has failed to recoup millions of Rands from companies that had failed to honour an undertaking to build decent and quality houses for the poor; which instead had performed so poorly that the Department had been forced to spend many more millions of Rands either to demolish and rebuild these houses or rectify them. And no one from these construction companies was prosecuted for shoddy work despite their liquidation or disbanding.” 


The MEC’s response revealed that in eMnambithi, R62 428 434,80 had been spent for the construction and later R113 163 067,56 was spent to rectify the mess.


In eThekwini R154 682 020 was spent for construction and R250 097 919,60 for rectification. In uMzimkhulu R35 537 756,24 was spent for rectification. In his reply the MEC stated that, “it was difficult to institute any recourse” against these companies and “monies could not be reclaimed.”


Mazibuko went to state that, “This is a classic example of a government which lacks political courage and will to deal decisively with all forms of fraud, corruption and mediocrity. This may be due to the fact that those who had been awarded tenders were connected to those in power in one way of another." 


“When the IFP reclaims this Province, we will pursue all options to ascertain whether there is no way to force those who robbed the poor to pay back; for we will need these millions of Rands to address the backlogs in housing delivery.”



For Further Information: 

M. Joshua Mazibuko; IFP MPL

Member of Human Settlements Portfolio Committee

083 992 6135