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MEC clamps down on corrupt builders

Human Settlements will prevent dishonest suppliers and contractors from operating in the WC.

Western Cape Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Human Settlements Department said on Monday a number of measures have been put in place to prevent unscrupulous building suppliers and contractors from operating in the province.

Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela met with Khayelitsha residents on Monday, after some housing projects were recently unblocked.

Ten projects were previously blocked due to the actions of corrupt suppliers.

Many of these houses were either not built, were incomplete or of poor quality.

Madikizela said they were trying hard to change this practice.

"We are ensuring that before any appointment is made, we do a background check on those service providers to see that they are credible. We are now finalising an agreement so that we can manage the space and make sure the projects run smoothly.

We've taken the responsibility to ensure that we assist the families of those houses that were left incomplete and make sure we avoid these types of situations going forward."