MORE than 2200 public servants have been arrested or convicted for fraud related to housing subsidies.
In a written parliamentary reply, Human Settlements Minister Connie September said of the 2236 people, 1725 personnel files had been handed over to the provinces for disciplinary action. "The national department is awaiting progress report on these matters," September said, responding to a question posed by IFP MP Petros Sithole.
She also said a number of contractors, hired to build the homes, had been blacklisted. "Investigations into housing contracts which include shoddy workmanship, amongst others, are multi-year projects and the determination of how much money was lost could only be made once the investigation is completed," she said.
Sithole was "happy" there had been charges and convictions, but it was not enough. "The whole of the department is corrupt. They must give us figures [details of those involved] per province, per district and per municipality," he said.
September also said since April last year and June this year, the department had approved subsidies for 330 people under the Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme.
Sithole said the programme came into being in April last year, with a budget of R14.6 million. It was initially aimed at providing assistance for people who earned up to R15000 and subsequently also for households whose income ranged between R3501 and R7000 a month who were not able to get a mortgage loan for vacant land.
In addition, under the programme households earning between R7000 and R15000 per month qualified for financial assistance towards bond repayments. Only people who had never been assisted by the state could apply for the once-off payout.