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Housing Relief Fund Misused.

Article by: Ntando Mncube.

The 41-million meant to help Eastern Cape residents who lost their homes during a storm in the OR Tambo District Municipality in November last year was apparently used to pay the salaries of municipality workers.

According to EC COGTA MEC Spokesperson, Makhaya Komisa, the MEC is currently engaging with the municipality after it discovered that the 41 million might have been used by the previous council to pay salaries of the staff.

Komisa says once the process is concluded, a statement will be released.

OR Tambo District Municipality Mayor, Mesuli Ngqondwana says that affected residents will be given temporary structures and queries relating to the storm disaster should be directed to the Human Settlement Department.

Sicelo Gladile, a Ross Mission Village resident, says that when they were handed the structures, they were promised that their houses will be built.

“Its 2022 now and we still waiting,” Gladile said.

It’s been over a year since the disaster happened and yet even after the promises residents have received no help.

The Eastern Cape Co-operative Governance said it is looking into the matter.

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