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Pensioner in the cold amid allegations of housing corruption

09.12.2012

Hambani Makhubalo, 60, from B-Section in Site C, Khayelitsha, was moved out of his home in 2008 to make way for the Siphosethu People’s Housing Project and suspects his place on the beneficiary list was sold as residents allege incidents of corruption related to the project. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

An elderly Khayelitsha man who had to move out of his two-roomed shack into a smaller temporary dwelling to make way for a housing project in which he was a beneficiary, is now left out in the cold as he has not received any of the completed houses.

Hambani Makhubalo, 60, from B-Section in Site C, was moved out of his home in 2008 to make way for the Siphosethu People’s Housing Project and suspects his place on the beneficiary list was sold as residents allege incidents of corruption related to the project.

Makhubalo said that in 2008 community leader Sakhekile Ceza, who’s also in charge of the housing development in the area, told him to submit documents to get a house. According to Makhubalo he submitted all the necessary documents and has been living in a one-room shack he managed to build elsewhere in B-Section.

He said he initially submitted his documents in 1996 when he was told RDP houses were to built n the area.

In 2008 he submitted his documents for the second time and although the promises houses have been built, with his neighbours having received houses, he is still living in the one-roomed shack he moved into to make way for the Siphosethu housing project.

While suffering from TB, his shack is not sturdily built and is draughty as it has holes in the walls.

“I’m getting old and I do not want to die in this shack. All I need is a proper house even if it’s one room,” said Makhubalo

Meanwhile, community leaders suspect his house has been sold, saying the housing projects in Site C are corrupt.

“This is not the first time we had a case like this, we suspects that his ERF number was sold to someone is Kuyasa,” said a community leader who asked not to be named.

Ceza has denied receiving any documents from Makhubalo.

“I know him but I never spoke to him about receiving a house. Makhubalo never applied for a subsidy house,” said Ceza.

However Human Settlement MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela spokesperson, Bruce Oom, confirm that Makhubalo was approved for a subsidy for the City of Cape Town housing project.

But Oom said approval of the subsidy doesn’t always mean the house has been built.

“After a subsidy is approved a contractor will then be appointed by the developer (in this case the City of Cape Town), who will then build the house. The subsidy money will then be transferred to the developer will then use the subsidy money to pay the contractor,” said Oom.

City Media Liaison Officer, Hayley van der Woude said the city was investigating the matter. – Nombulelo Damba

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