RDP break­through

Hu­man Set­tle­ments in­struct hous­ing pri­or­ity list re-ver­i­fi­ca­tion in Brei­d­bach

Go! & Express - - FRONT PAGE - DES­MOND COETZEE

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.

Pic­ture: DES­MOND COETZEE

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

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