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MPs slam Human Settlements report

The Human Settlements Department came under fire after it presented a report which lacked detail.

The Human Settlements Department came under fire in Parliament after it tabled a report which detail.

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday criticised the Human Settlements Department for presenting them with a report which lacks any relevant detail about the investigation into housing contracts.

The department was reporting back to the Parliamentary portfolio committee earlier, on the Special Investigations Unit (SIU)'s probe into corrupt activities.

The department said 59 housing contracts were identified for investigation in 2011, but MPs complained the presentation lacked detail.

The department's Director-General Thabani Zulu said some information had to be declassified first.

"There are certain matters that are still currently under investigation."

He said a detailed investigation could be made available at a later stage.

In August, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale warned that the department was considering ways to prevent the construction of substandard houses by the private-sector contractors it hires.

He claimed corrupt individuals were abusing government policies.