Human Settlements instruct housing priority list re-verification in Breidbach
THE much-talked topic about discrepancies and concerns over the RDP beneficiary priority list has been resolved after the Department of Human Settlements (DHS) instructed a re-verification process at a meeting held in Breidbach last Thursday.
DHS regional director Mthobeli Mbambanisi with a delegation in tow, met with executive members of the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) and Home Seekers.
The area’s ward councillor Sixolisiwe Ntsasela was also in attendance to give feedback about uncertainties and concerns emanating from a community meeting aboutr the RDP beneficiary priority list held the previous week where Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August and members of her portfolio were present.
Sanco was instructed by Sauls-August to submit a report based on community complains with reference to the poor representation of the list and promised to return to address the community upon receiving proof of the allegations, in writing. Mbambanisi who chaired the meeting, said the purpose of the gathering was to inform stakeholders about the way forward in terms of the lists and no deliberations would be allowed on the matter.
He said among resolutions was that every person who appeared on the priority list should be present at the community hall for re-verification on April 23 – from 2pm.
“In addition, should you not appear on the priority list but feel you could be a possible recipient based on your circumstances, you are also invited to attend.
“If you fall in the gap market (R3500-15000) you are also urged to attend as the department wants to get a clear understanding of the community and does not want to deprive any person of the process,” Mbambanisi said.
Sanco secretary Stacey Gosling was overwhelmed with the outcome of the meeting and said they would immediately start mobilising people from all corners of the community for the re-verification.
“We are happy that justice has prevailed and that the process will be transparent where everyone is given the opportunity to be considered,” said Gosling.
According to Mbambanisi, the department would return to the community with a new list in the first week of next month.
Meanwhile, the atmosphere was heated outside the hall during the re-verification process between Home Seekers and Sanco members.
It is alleged that executive members from both organisations were involved in incidents which resulted in three criminal charges of crimen Injuria being opened at the local police station.
HOUSING CRISIS: Desperate community members stand in a long queue for re-verification of the priority lists around the Breidbach Housing project at their Community Hall earlier this week