GAUTENG DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING: PUBLIC PROTECTOR RELEASES REPORT

28 September 2000

The Public Protector, Adv Selby Baqwa SC has released his report on an investigation of alleged irregularities pertaining to the affairs of the Gauteng Department of Housing. The office of the Public Protector conducted this investigation after receiving a number of individual complaints in connection with the administration by the Gauteng Department of Housing (the Department) of matters relating to housing, housing subsidies and housing projects.

Complaints were received from various individuals, various CIVIC associations, a political party, concerned resident groups and employees of the Department.

The following specific complaints and allegations that were brought to the Public Protector's attention were investigated:

Thorough investigation revealed that the above allegations were largely without substance.

The office of the Public Protector also investigated alleged regularities pertaining to the Protea South Project Linked Housing Subsidy Scheme, and the Vlakfontein / Hammanskraal Project Linked Housing Subsidy.

From the investigation of the matters referred to in this Report, the Public Protector has come to the conclusion that:

Recommendations

The Public Protector's recommendations include the following:

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