Bringing down the house!
and Development Programme houses are supposed to be for people who don't have
houses and who are too poor to reasonably expect that they'll EVER own one.
They're built with government money and are supposed to be free to people
poor enough to qualify.
The law says that people assigned an RDP house are free to sell it after living
there for eight years - but the government must be the FIRST to be offered the
Of course a project this large has been littered with problems from the
In the full understanding that a free-standing brick-built house is about as
good as it gets in our market, Daily Sun has been all over the RDP failures like
In particular, over the years, it has been about shoddy building standards.
Get-rich-quick operators have been favoured with tenders...and, comforted by
tens of millions of rands of government money, they have often built houses
which are just deplorable.
They crack up, the roofs fly off when the wind blows, badly-dug foundations
There are good, solid RDP houses of course.
But there are many that are disasters.
But it gets worse...now we're shining light on an all-new phenomenon.
Around the country these houses are being snatched from the hands of the
poor! They're being bought and sold by more fortunate people as if they're on
the regular housing market!
Even worse from the point of view of the people that originally dreamt up the
whole RDP effort, some people are not even living in their RDP houses - they
hire them out as shops!
Self-styled “estate agents” around the country are making a killing.
Prices range up to R60 000.
But, of course, there are no title deeds or other guarantees...
It's a HUGE illicit trade in houses built and owned by someone else - in this
case the government.
We've uncovered this in Cape Town, in the Eastern Cape, in Limpopo and this
week we published a letter from a man in Gauteng who advised bluntly: You ain't
seen nothing yet...you should see what's going on with RDP houses here!
Anger is rising...this bubble is going to burst. This very week President Zuma's
plans to visit a township between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage were called off
at the last minute because of security concerns (click
People there were enraged by RDP
fraud and wanted to speak directly to the president. They never got the chance.
Daily Sun - you can be sure - will be there to report as the
dangerously-bouncing RDP ball gets crazier and crazier.
Deon du Plessis
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