The Eastern Cape government appears to have given up hope of recovering R341.5 million allocated for much-needed affordable homes. Lindiwe Sisulu, the province’s Human Settlements Minister, is “happy” to build “wooden shacks” in the Eastern Cape. This comes after Sisul’s flagship temporary transitional residential units were procured with significant irregularities, according to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).
A high-ranking provincial source, who did not want to be identified, said that the administration had “given up” on recovering the millions of rands required to solve the province’s housing difficulties. The M&G has obtained an internal memo from the Eastern Cape’s human settlements department dated March 2019.
According to Motale, the Duncan Village project was implemented by the Housing Development Agency. The emergency procurement procedure was utilized to incentivize these buildings, according to the SIU inquiry. Only 279 of the 1800 temporary shelters were completed, at a cost of almost R166 000 apiece. According to the study, nearly R253 million worth of shelters is still overdue, despite the fact that fewer than 300 shelters have been delivered. The South African Treasury is looking into a transfer of R341 million to Duncan Village in the Eastern Cape for a social housing project.