Another Gauteng development derailed by construction mafias while Lesufi and Maile sit on their hands

Issued by Mervyn Cirota MPL – DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Human Settlements
15 Apr 2024 in Press Statements

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The Montrose Mega City project in Randfontein, worth R11 billion and aimed at providing homes for 174 deserving military veterans, has been brought to a standstill by construction mafias disguising themselves as ‘business forums’ while Gauteng Premier, Panyaza Lesufi, and the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, Lebogang Maile, sit on their hands.

This project, initiated by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements in 2017, has been plagued with problems. Several units have been left unfinished, vandalised, and illegally occupied. Furthermore, the houses are in terrible condition and lack basic amenities such as electricity and proper sanitation.

The project was left incomplete due to fund depletion caused by business forums demanding work and a 30% stake in the project.

The lack of prompt action from Lesufi and Maile to address the illegal activities of these mafias is disheartening, considering the negative effects they have on the housing projects for Gauteng residents.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) demands an immediate engagement with all stakeholders, including the government, law enforcement agencies, the construction sector, and communities, to put an end to the illegal activities of construction mafias in Gauteng. These mafias are causing the people of Gauteng to suffer the most and pay the highest price, which must be dealt with decisively.

The incoming DA administration in Gauteng will put a stop to the lawlessness. We will bring together all parties, including the government, law enforcement agencies, the construction industry, and communities, to develop a solution to put an end to the illicit operations of these building mafias.

Only a DA-led government can resolve this situation, as we are determined to rescue Gauteng people from a government that is incapable of safeguarding its development projects and thus compromising its citizens.