Provincial failures to spend housing grants: DA calls for clear plan by Minister

The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls on the Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, to develop a clear plan of action for three underperforming provinces including Gauteng that failed to spend their Housing Development Grants.

The plan will enable the DA to track the performance of underperforming provinces, Gauteng, Northern Cape and the Free State in the next financial year.

In a recent Government Gazette dated 28 February 2020, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, removed R250 million from Gauteng, R118 million from the Free State and R26 million from the Northern Cape, because they failed to spend their Housing Development Grants.

The money was reallocated in equal portions of R98.5 million each to the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga where it will be adequately used.

The DA is however concerned that residents of Gauteng, the Free State and the Northern Cape will lose the opportunity to realise their dream of a home due to their provincial governments inefficiencies.

The inability of the provincial governments to spend the money allocated to them, thereby causing their funding to be reallocated, is confirmation of poor planning, a lack of political will and the inability to govern.

South Africans are in desperate need of adequate housing and many who rely on government’s promises have been waiting expectantly for their houses only to be let down by an uncaring government.

The DA will continue its efforts to ensure that the people’s money is being spend as it should be.