Ju­di­ciary In­quiry needed

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Phillip de Lange

AF­TER read­ing the ar­ti­cle (“Probe into Ekurhu­leni Hous­ing Cor­rup­tion”, Oc­to­ber 10), I wish to com­ment on the mat­ter.

The DA in Ekurhu­leni has taken note of the stated in­ten­tion of the Deputy Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of Gauteng’s Hu­man Set­tle­ments Keith Khoza’s in­ten­tions to in­ves­ti­gate coun­cil­lor Chauke’s al­leged fraud­u­lent sale of houses.

How­ever, we must state that we do not trust their in­ves­tiga­tive unit. This was be­cause this unit took an­other case of hous­ing fraud in Davey­ton in 2013 and – to date – have not come back to the com­mu­nity of Davey­ton with an­swers on this mat­ter.

I posed ques­tions in coun­cil for writ­ten re­ply in 2015, to the then MMC for Hu­man Set­tle­ments, Aubrey Nx­u­malo, on this mat­ter.

In his re­ply, he stated he was aware of this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but he did not have a progress re­port on it. To date, the si­lence on this is­sue is deaf­en­ing.

We, there­fore, as the DA, be­lieve a ju­di­cial in­quiry into this mat­ter is the only ini­tia­tive that would high­light the level of cor­rup­tion and stop com­mu­ni­ties and the poor from be­ing robbed of their hopes of own­ing their own homes by cor­rupt politi­cians and of­fi­cials.

We will con­tinue to call on the govern­ment to in­sti­tute this much-needed in­quiry.

Cur­rently, the DA is in­un­dated by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who do not trust the present govern­ment but have valid doc­u­men­tary proof of hous­ing cor­rup­tion. They will, how­ever, only speak to a ju­di­cial in­quiry for fear of per­se­cu­tion by the cor­rupt.

We can­not al­low cor­rup­tion to con­tinue to erode our so­ci­eties, and we will not let this is­sue rest un­til the mat­ter is ad­journed.

The DA will con­tinue to work with those in need and give a voice to the voice­less. We will do what­ever it takes to con­tinue high­light­ing the high lev­els of cor­rup­tion in Ekurhu­leni and en­sure jus­tice pre­vails to end this scourge. DA Leader in Ekurhu­leni

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