The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is looking at establishing a Housing Commission that will investigate cases of corruption within the human settlements directorate.
The decision was taken at a full Mayoral Committee meeting on 22 March 2016, where a notification for the intended establishment of the commission was presented. The matter has been referred to the council for consideration.
This ground breaking announcement is a first for the Metro and is set to turn the tide on rampant corruption in the construction of low cost housing in the Metro.
For the past few years, the human settlements directorate within the NMBM has been tainted with allegations of maladministration, corrupt practices and underperformance. This subsequently led to the Housing Delivery sub-directorate being placed under administration by the Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu. This administration is set to run until 2019, while National Government monitors the Municipality’s operations.
Under the leadership of MMC for Human Settlements, Cllr Nqaba Bhanga, the directorate is starting to move in the right direction. As a result, we are confident that the Metro will soon be given back the responsibility to deliver its own houses.
The newly-established housing commission will be led by a retired judge and will investigate allegations of fraud and corruption. Any official found to have engaged in corrupt activities will be dismissed and handed over to the police for criminal prosecution.
Nolwandle Gqiba, the Executive Director in the Human Settlements directorate, has been tasked with developing the terms of reference that will be