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City of CT welcomes arrest of former DA councillor over housing scam

The former councillor reportedly defrauded people into paying money to receive subsidised houses.

Picture: Saps.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has welcomed the arrest of a former Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor believed to be involved in a cash-for-housing scam.

The one-time councillor is accused of reportedly defrauding members of the public into paying money to receive subsidised houses in Mitchell's Plain.

This arrest comes only a few weeks after a 32-year-old man was nabbed for soliciting payments for low-cost housing in the same area.

The city's mayoral committee member for human settlements, Benedicta van Minnen, has warned that officials have intensified efforts to crack down on housing scammers.

"Throughout the year, the city has received reports of alleged city-wide housing scams including ones in Pelican Park, Dunoon, Kanonkop, Blikkiesdorp and other areas in Delft. The second arrest made for alleged housing fraud in less than a month shows that our 'zero-tolerance' approach is paying off."