|Gauteng Human Settlements MEC, Paul Mashatile, revealed in a reply to a DA question that the Wattville Hostel in Wattville, Ekurhuleni has been refurbished at a cost of R7 million since 2010.
It is alarming that R7 million was spent in 7 years with absolutely nothing to show for it.
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The DA visited the Wattville Hostels last week as part of an oversight tour aiming at addressing and highlighting the plight of Gauteng’s most vulnerable residents living in horrific conditions.
According to the reply, plans for refurbishment were placed on hold by the National Department of Human Settlements due to cost escalation.
The Ekurhuleni Metro and the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements has failed in championing the basic human rights and dignity of the residents of Wattville.
Ekurhuleni Mayor, Mzwandile Masina laid a wreath at the gravesite of the late OR Tambo in remembrance of his selfless service to the people of South Africa in Wattville on Friday, however, he chose to ignore the inhumane living conditions at the Wattville Hostels. OR Tambo would be ashamed.
The ANC have for far too long forgotten the people of South Africa.
The DA will ensure that the living conditions at Wattville Hostels are improved and that the city delivers services to all its residents.