R29 million housing project area turned into dumping site

The DA says the area of a housing project costing R29-million in Munsieville west of Johannesburg has been turned into a dumping site.

Party members undertook an oversight visit to the project and discovered it remains incomplete for more than five-years.

The DA’s Lebo More says thousands of Munsieville residents are in desperate need of almost 500 houses which the Gauteng government had promised.

More says he will write to Gauteng Human Settlement MEC Paul Mashatile to seek answers.

“It is a matter of serious concern because the department says that from the 22nd of February it was to build 500 houses. The site would have been cleared; there would have been proper roads infrastructure and streets lights and so on.”

The informal settlement of Munsieville is a troubled one as it is without basic services. In February 2016, residents lodged protests after the municipality tried to disconnect illegal electricity connections to restore power only to those who pay.

Resident protests managed to keep the lights on for the community but community leader Kgopane Mohlolo said that the community was frustrated as their protests for basic rights were not yielding any results.



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