The abuse of RDP houses

Talk of the Town - - News - TK MTIKI

The in­con­sis­tency of the re­quire­ment of house plan­ning be­fore ex­tend­ing an RDP house and sub­let­ting them to busi­ness own­ers in Ne­mato’s ward 9 has been raised as a mat­ter of con­cern by res­i­dent Bo­nani Ketiso.

Ketiso de­scribed it as a cul­ture of un­fair­ness, and wanted it to re­ceive pub­lic ex­po­sure.

“There are peo­ple here in my ward 9 who have RDP houses and are sub­let­ting them for busi­ness pur­poses,” Ketiso said.

He said he was the voice of many silent peo­ple who felt the same con­cerns.

“From what I know, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity en­forces every­one to have a house plan be­fore ex­tend­ing an RDP house, so in case any nat­u­ral dis­as­ter should hap­pen, it will be able to as­sist,” he said.

Al­though he was not will­ing to men­tion names be­cause of con­fi­den­tial­ity, Ketiso said: “There is one girl whose mother was a ben­e­fi­ciary of the RDP house be­fore she passed away. After the death of her mother, the RDP house was trans­ferred un­der her name and she is sub­let­ting the house.

“It is clear this thing is cul­ture,” he said.

Ketiso said he had re­searched the is­sue, look­ing at sev­eral such houses.

Com­ment­ing on the poor de­signs of the build­ing ad­di­tions, he said: “You can see by the ap­pear­ance of these houses they have no house plan.”

He was also con­cerned about rates pay­ments. He said RDP house ben­e­fi­cia­ries fell un­der the in­di­gent pol­icy, mean­ing they get dis­counts or ex­emp­tions from pay­ing rates. But now that ben­e­fi­cia­ries are mak­ing money through sub­let­ting RDP houses, Ketiso is of the view that they should pay their rates in full.

“I am not against these peo­ple mak­ing money for them­selves, but what they do is un­fair. They should pay full rates,” he said.

When asked who he thought should be re­spon­si­ble of in­spect­ing ex­tended houses, Ketiso re­sponded: “I am not sure, but if some­one ex­tends their house, there are al­ways in­spec­tors com­ing from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to ask for a house plan. But I don’t think it’s the coun­cil­lor’s re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said.

Mu­nic­i­pal spokesper­son Ce­cil Mbolekwa did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

ADD-ON SHOP: After wit­ness­ing ex­ten­sions made to RDP houses with­out house plans – in­clud­ing for busi­ness pur­poses – Bo­nani Ketiso re­ported the mat­ter to Talk of the Town and stated that he was the voice of other silent con­cerned peo­ple

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