Media Alert - 10 August 2010

North West MEC for Human Settlements, Desbo Mohono, has given a businessman fourteen days to remove all his belongings from an RDP house which was illegally turned into a tuck shop.

Mohono made this startling discovery during her visit to Tlhabologang township in Coligny to assess progress on the fifty-four houses that are being constructed in the area as part of the fifty-fourth anniversary of the 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings.

Mohono told the businessman that the house is supposed to be a home for its rightful owner and not a tuck shop. “These houses belong to the needy. We will not allow people to use them for personal profit. It shouldn’t be a tuck shop but rather a home for its rightful beneficiary.”

The businessman, who told the MEC that he had rented the house from its owner, was ordered to vacate the house. “I’m giving you fourteen days to remove all your belongings”, said Mohono.

According to the businessman, the owner of the house lives in the surrounding farms and he pays a monthly rental of R700 a month to the owner. MEC Mohono said after evicting the businessman, the owner would be de-registered and the house would be given to another beneficiary on the waiting list.

“There are lots of people who are waiting for houses out there. We are going to de-register this person and he would never get a house again,” she said.

Departmental officials are currently in a process of finding the house owner and to re-register the house to the new beneficiary.

Issued by the Department of Human Settlements (North West)

Enquiries: Cornelius Tanana Monama

Spokesperson: Department of Human Settlements

082 578 4063
082 578 4063
018-391 0420/21

Press Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 10, 2010