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Alexandra township residents and Gauteng local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi met to discuss the housing crisis in the township. Photo: Chris Collingridge

Residents of Alexandra in Johannesburg who sell their RDP houses,contribute to the cause of the housing debacle, said the Local Government and Housing MEC on Friday.

“The problem is not with foreigners, the problem is with South Africans...foreigners find that they were sold houses by South Africans,” said MEC Humphrey Mmemezi.

“We should rather spot these South Africans that are doing what they should not be doing, because RDP houses are for the poor.”

He said people were only allowed to sell their RDP houses after eight years and when they have been given title deeds.

The MEC emphasised that rental stock was a “free for all” and that both South Africans and foreign nationals were allowed to rent RDP houses.

Six officials have been suspended on charges of corruption.

He said they were being investigated for allegedly having sold RDP houses and in some cases renting them.

The minister said after he met with the Alexandra stakeholders, it was agreed that people who applied for RDP houses in 1996, would be given first priority.

He said the elderly, disasbled and child headed homes would also get preference.

The MEC said by the end of 2012, the department hope it would have housed all the 1996 applicants.

Mmemezi was briefing journalists on the outcome of his meeting with Alexandra stakeholders. - Sapa


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Anonymous, wrote

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02:23pm on 25 October 2011
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what i want to know is, when are they goin to move us !!!! this year or next year, i'm staying at 18th. apparently there is a rumour saying that they are DONE with the JRP - we are part of it, an there is still alot of houses to be moved, pls pls!!! from Vascodagama to Hofmeyer.....

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Anonymous, wrote

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09:33pm on 22 October 2011
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All the time they knew that the RDPs houses were sold and did nothing about it.

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GreenThumb, wrote

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11:46am on 22 October 2011
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But what do the unhappy residents say? Not interested in which ever minister, but the Alex residents? Do they understand a free rental market?

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Beicime, wrote

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09:08am on 22 October 2011
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Many planning mistakes but let's hope the ANC starts realizing that managing a country is not a "piece of cake" and requires serious planning and policies.

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Anonymous, wrote

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08:47am on 22 October 2011
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Another ANC mess.

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david, wrote

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06:09am on 22 October 2011
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Just another day in ANC held South Africa

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Beicime, wrote

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09:50pm on 21 October 2011
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The simple fact that that we have a problem show the incompetence of those in charge. Our ANC government does not plan properly, does not foresee the risks of its decisions and then explain the causes as if that was good enough.

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