- Ekurhuleni residents say they waited 21 years for RDP houses, but instead received toilets
- The toilet buildings cost over R20 million but now stand abandoned
- This comes after reports of a previous dodgy toilet deal in the metro totalling almost R2 billion
Residents of Mayfield outside Daveyton in the Ekurhuleni Metro claim that they have waited for houses for 21 years, but instead have been given toilets.
They say they raised the issue of housing with government once again four years ago, but since then no houses have been built.
Instead, toilet buildings have been constructed with solar-powered geysers - but the community is understandably unhappy.
Building on the project began three years ago, Briefly.co.za has gathered. Residents of the Gaddafi and Baghdad informal settlements say that the city told them to move to the properties after the toilets were built and then wait for the houses to be constructed, but they refused.
Since then, they say that not a single house has been built, according to News24. Additionally, executive mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mzwandile Masina, says that these toilet buildings were never meant for use by residents of the neighbouring informal settlements at all.
Rather, Masina says that the toilets were built for use by the so-called 'missing middle': those who are too wealthy to qualify for RDP housing, but too poor to receive a bond from a bank.
Now, the toilets stand abandoned, having cost taxpayers more than R20.5 million. This is not the first dubious toilet construction scheme in the metro, however.
AmaBhungane previously reported that the municipality spent just under R2 billion on a chemical toilet project which enriched several suppliers, but left residents dissatisfied.
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