People living illegally in RDP houses will be evicted, the Tshwane metro has warned.
This includes both occupants who invaded empty RDP houses and people who were given the houses in underhanded deals with unscrupulous local politicians.
Tshwane’s MMC for housing Mandla Nkomo on Tuesday called on people who are occupying low-cost government RDP houses illegally to vacate them – before they were removed by authorities.
A special task team comprising of members of the SAPS and the TMPD would be deployed to deal with such illegal occupants.
Areas such as Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve, Winterveldt and Olievenhoutbosch have all had incidents of illegal occupation of RDP houses.
“Our law enforcers are on the ground and will remove anyone who has invaded houses,” he said.
“A joint allocation committee is finalising the allocation list and we will soon allocate those houses to their rightful owners.
“People who have jumped the housing queue will face the full might of the law. Because of them, people who were approved for these homes still have to live in shacks,” he said.
Nkomo vowed to root out the illegal practice of politicians putting people in RDP houses that are not theirs.
He said these corrupt practices contributed to the housing backlog and promised that corruption would be nipped in the bud.
“There are people who applied for RDP houses as far back as 1996, but they were still waiting,” he said.
Some people on the housing waiting list were sidelined by councillors, who gave houses to those who were politically connected to them.
Nkomo said under the DA’s administration, the metro has already handed out over more than 3 000 title deeds to date.
“This week alone, we handed over 274 title deeds to the rightful beneficiaries who have been allocated low-cost houses in Olievenhoutbosch.”
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