Criminal charges against the FS Dept of Housing

Afriforum's Pieter Myburg, laying charges against the Free State Housing Department for unlawfully using the R400 million meant for RDP houses for other things. Credit: Pulane Choane

The South African civil-rights organisation, AfriForum, earlier today laid criminal charges against the Free State Provincial Department of Human Settlement, suppliers, and contractors’ allegedly involved in a housing scandal.

The organisation’s district coordinator, Pieter Myburg, says this comes after more than R400 million which was earmarked for RDP houses, was unlawfully paid out to building contractors where two of the beneficiaries, among others, were the former SABC Chief Operating Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s wife.

Myburg says the money that was made available by the National Treasury for the construction of 21 000 RDP houses was fraudulently used.

He says according to court documents in their possession, it is indicated that not a single house has been built. “We are no longer going to allow state officials to get away with fraud. They are stealing tax payers’ money and leaving the poor without a roof over their heads. They cannot get off scot-free.”

Myburg adds that the department’s withdrawal of the case against contractors, Motsoeneng and Mbalula over these illegal payments is unlawful. He says this is because money has been spent unlawfully without any houses to show for it.

Myburg says they hope laying charges against the department will propel investigations into the matter.

In response the department says they will unfortunately not be able to respond to this matter as it is related to a matter currently in court and therefore they cannot comment on it.

Katleho Morapela /Courant News