Premier distances himself from R64 000 'shacks' unveiled by government

Premier distances himself from R64 000 'shacks' unveiled by government

- Premier Stanley Mathabatha is facing a full-on scandal after unveiling a 'low-cost housing project'

- The Limpopo leader has since distanced himself from the controversy after it emerged that the costs of the project were drastically inflated

- The EFF has dubbed the project as 'stupid, irrational and nonsensical' in the wake of the fallout

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Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha is currently facing immense criticism after launching a 'low-cost housing project'.

Joined by MECs at a ribbon-cutting ceremony intended to welcome residents of a hostel to their new homes, the Premier has since distanced himself from the initiative.

What was meant to be an alternative to an overcrowded hostel the premier had pointed out that the project had coincided with efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19 by ensuring proper social distancing and hygiene.

The EFF has dubbed the project as 'stupid, irrational and nonsensical' when considering the high cost in comparison to the low quality of the structures.

The Premier denied knowing that he was unveiling shacks amid backlash. Image: Limpopo Government
Source: UGC

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Julius Malema himself feels that the Premier should feel ashamed of the temporary structures despite no mention of this in the government's directives.

The multimillion-rand 'temporary housing scheme' has brought the procurement process undertaken into the spotlight.

The state had confirmed the rollout of 40 structures to begin with at a cost of over R2 million which set the government back R64 000 per unit. The Sowetan reports that similar structures sell for only R8 000.

Mathabata, in the growing outrage over the matter, has since claimed that he 'didn't know it was shacks'.

Meanwhile, reported that Khusela Diko and her husband Madzikane Diko have threatened to sue Independent Media after it released a report on the couple's Covid-19 PPE tender scandal.

Royal Bhaca Projects, owned by Madzikane, was green-lighted by the Gauteng Department of Health for a R125 million tender to supply PPE. The couple had been faced with immense public backlash over the situation and later claimed that it had cancelled the contract after realising their mistake.

However, IOL reported that they had received a minimum of R80 million using a front company called Ledla Structural Development. The invoices, according to the report, bear a resemblance in numerous ways to the contract that sparked the scandal in the first place.

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