Housing Department talks tough on corruption

 

The Department of Human Settlements has warned those involved in the rigging of the housing allocation lists in Tshwane, stop, or else!

The department’s Director-General Mbulelo Tshangana met with the National Task Team and steering committees of Itereleng, Olievenhoutbosch and Mahube valley in Pretoria on Monday. He had been inundated with complaints of beneficiary lists being rigged by the department’s officials to bypass legitimate beneficiaries.

Tshangana promised to work with all spheres of government to ensure houses were provided to legitimate beneficiaries.

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“Corruption is not a by the way issue, it must be taken seriously. It is a criminal issue. So those involved must be aware of the grave consequences if they don’t stop,” said Ntshangana.

He said the national government was going to work closely with the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements which is investigating cases of rigging of beneficiary lists in the housing value chain.

The Gauteng Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs Head of Department Matilda Gasela, said the province’s anti-fraud unit was investigating casesin Olievenhoutbosch, and had referred parts of the investigation which dealt with lifestyle audits to an independent auditing firm.

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“In our fight against corruption we cannot be seen as conducting witch-hunts, we urge people with evidence to come forward,” said Gasela.

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