‘R5.1bn of housing contracts unaccounted for’

Johannesburg – Former Gauteng MEC for local government and housing Humphrey Mmemezi’s toxic legacy continues to haunt the provincial department more than two years after he left the office in disgrace.

On Thursday, the Department of Human Settlements – formerly housing – was chided by members of the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) for its failure to account for more than R5.1 billion of housing contracts allocated over the past three years.

Scopa demanded answers on why the provincial department also illegally spent more than R7 million to install a security system at the departmental headquarters in Sauer Street, Joburg, including a private entrance for Mmemezi while he was in office.

The auditor-general (AG) found that during Mmemezi’s tenure, a private company was paid more than R6.6m to prepare the department’s annual financial statements, while another was paid R1.2m in 2011/2012 for the same job…

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