Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Jacob Mamabolo yesterday admitted to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements that that the three major municipalities in Gauteng, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and Tshwane had failed to spend R3.4 billion on housing projects during the 2013/14 financial year.
The ongoing violent service delivery protests in places such as Thembelihle signify further problems within the Department.
These events contradict the statements made by the MEC in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature that a turnaround strategy has been formalized to correct issues in housing delivery.
The truth of the matter is that the turnaround strategy is in the planning stages and a long way away from being implemented.
The more MEC Mamabolo claims that his house is in order the more events on the ground indicate a department mired with incompetence and inefficiency.
No concrete proposals have been presented to the Human Settlements committee to indicate any path to dealing with the myriad of problems that exist.
The DA will continue to monitor the department and the eventual implementation of the turnaround strategy.
Mervyn Cirota MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Human Settlements
060 558 8312