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Madonsela urges govt to deal with tender fraud

The public protector says officials do not follow proper procedures when building RDP houses.

The public protector says human settlements do not follow proper procedures when building RDP houses.

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Wednesday called on government to have a unified approach when dealing with tender fraud.

She presented her observations regarding Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) issues to the Human Settlements Portfolio earlier in the day.

Houses built in water filled areas and beneficiaries waiting for title deeds, a decade after receiving their homes, were few of the grievances Madonsela presented to the committee.

The public protector stressed these were her observations after receiving complaints from the poor, who believe they were being cheated out of government-funded houses.

She said many of the complainants came from Gauteng, citing close to 2,000 cases received between July and September 2012 alone.

Madonsela described a situation where an elderly woman was waiting for a house since 1996.

When she received it, there were no ablution facilities.

Madonsela said the woman's case was not rare and blamed the department's directorate.

She said they were too focused on rolling out low-cost homes, but did not follow proper procedures when building it.

Madonsela concluded her presentation by calling on government to hold people accountable for these problems.

South Africa has a housing backlog dating back to 20 years.

There are currently over 2,000 informal settlements throughout the country.

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