Cape Town - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela shocked MPs on Wednesday with a report on the low-cost housing problems she had encountered, including houses that lacked foundations and homes that had been built from material which crumbled on touch.
So bad were some of the houses that the defects could not be fixed and they would have to be demolished.
Madonsela told Parliament’s oversight committee on human settlements that her office had been flooded with complaints in the delivery of low-cost housing. She had received more than 5 000 complaints this year.
“We did find homes that don’t have foundations, and we did find homes that were built with something more like mud… when you poke through, it falls apart,” she told the committee.
The allocation of RDP houses had also caused problems, and people were confused about what such a house should contain.