Probe into claims of housing corruption
The Housing Development Agency is to launch an investigation into allegations of corruption at the Temporary Residential Area 5 in Delft where residents allege homes are being sold for as little as R4 000.
This comes after residents from the area and other parts of Cape Town alleged that some members of the TRA 5 steering committee had been illegally selling houses to individuals.
The TRAs were established by the City of Cape Town and the provincial government to provide “medium-term” temporary accommodation for people in emergency situations.
The city established two TRAs – Blikkiesdorp and the Mfuleni TRA (also known as Bosasa) – and the provincial government has established Bhekela in Philippi, Tsunami in Delft and the Langa TRA.
Kayalethu Makeleni, councillor for ward 106, said houses at the temporary residential area had been sold for at least R4 000 per unit.
Delft residents said the illegal sale of the houses was unfair.
The City of Cape Town said it had no involvement in the project, saying it was a housing agency issue.
Bosco Khoza, HDA’s operations manager of the N2 Gateway project, said the scam had only been brought to the agency’s attention recently.
He said he was unaware of exactly how many houses have been sold illegally or how individuals were getting away with selling the houses.
“The HDA is meeting with the (steering) committee and will find out more information,” said Khoza.