The national government has ordered a homebuilding regulatory body to probe the housing construction bungle that rocked Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality following an explosive report.
The Department of Human Settlements has given the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) two weeks to investigate shoddily built houses at NU29 in Motherwell.
This follows a report which detailed how the homes of the RDP project were so badly built that engineers had warned they were unsafe.
About R17-million was spent on building 162 semidetached double-storey units, many of which will have to be completely rebuilt.
The report uncovered – among other things – that walls had shifted from their foundations, the wooden staircases were unsteady, and wooden floors between the two storeys were unstable.
During a three-day human settlements conference held at The Boardwalk in the Bay this week, housing officials warned that irresponsible contractors would not be tolerated and would be prosecuted.
Department director-general Mbulelo Tshangana said they had asked the chairman of the NHBRC to investigate the NU29 matter.
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