Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi revealed that two officials involved in the contentious procurement of temporary houses in Talana, Tzaneen, Limpopo, had received a final warning after being hauled before a disciplinary hearing.
Kubayi revealed this when asked in the National Council of Provinces about the Housing Development Agency's response to allegations of fraud in the awarding of the contract for temporary residential units in Limpopo.
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) recently recommended that the Aventino Group CC, which was supposed to build the temporary houses, be blacklisted, according to Independent Media.
According to the report, the corruption-busting unit discovered that the R15.3 million contract awarded to the company for the project was obtained illegally.
A total of 192 temporary houses were supposed to be built at Talana Hostel in Tzaneen and Extension 10 in Burgersfort, Sekhukhune.,
for hostel residents who were exposed to Covid-19 pandemic threats during lockdown level 5. It was also discovered that the units constructed did not meet the original design specifications.
Kubayi stated in her response that she had met with the SIU to receive the investigation report. She stated that she had met with the then-administrator of the Housing Development Agency and had briefed the board.
"When the report was released, the SIU referred three officials for disciplinary action." "One of the three officials resigned, and the other two were subjected to disciplinary action, and they received a final warning," she explained. The SIU had also referred three additional offices for disciplinary action, according to Kubayi.
"For them, the process is in place," she said.
In addition, the minister stated that the SIU had gone to court and filed a case against the service provider.
The most recent hearing was held on November 4 in Limpopo, but they are also attempting to recoup money paid to the service provider," she explained.
"I regret to inform you, honorable members, that not the entire amount allotted was paid to the service provider."
"So nearly half, I'd say, was paid, and the rest, which was not paid by the Housing Development Agency, is still with us." "The SIU is attempting to recover the remaining amount on behalf of the state," she explained.
Kubayi also stated that the Housing Development Agency had requested that the service provider be blacklisted in a letter to the National Treasury.
"They submitted fraudulent documents, leading the entity to make decisions it should not have made." "The process is ongoing in that context," she explained.
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