- Mar 26, 2010
More at : https://city-press.news24.com/News/appalling-conditions-at-r150m-housing-project-linked-to-magashules-daughter-20190322. Pensioners have had to use their grant money to install toilets. Some were forced to move into houses that had no doors. In one house, when you flush the toilet, sewage spills into the home.
It’s been a year since the community was moved from a nearby township to a controversial RDP housing project in the Free State and their houses still don’t have electricity or running water.
Residents say they are struggling to deal with the shocking conditions of their homes.
The Baken Park project was constructed by Unital Holding, a Chinese company, which is allegedly partly owned by Ace Magashule’s daughter.
Residents say that years after moving to the area north of Bethlehem, they are still living in incomplete houses that still lack basic amenities.
The Free State human settlements department came under fire last year when it was revealed that it awarded contracts worth R150 million to the Chinese company in which Magashule’s daughter, Thoko Malembe, allegedly owns a 30% stake.
An elderly resident, Khehla Maseko, who spoke to City Press on Thursday said “it’s been a year since we moved into this area and we still don’t have electricity or running water”.