Lunga Simelane
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22 Jul 2022
5:52 am

Joburg housing scams: Multiple syndicates working closely with corrupt officials

Lunga Simelane

According to Phalatse, this was not only happening in the housing department but was also picked up in public safety.

Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Councillor Mpho Phalatse briefs media in Johannesburg, 21 July 2022, about ongoing housing scams which target vulnerable and destitute citizens. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Along with a housing backlog estimated to be between 460 000 to 480 000 homes, the City of Joburg is also battling with housing scams. Joburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse said yesterday there was a great concern with the possible involvement of officials from the department of human settlements in the scams. “It is becoming clear we are dealing with multiple syndicates, who might be working closely with human settlement officials,” she said Phalatse encouraged victims to open cases of fraud at their local police station. She urged citizens to be vigilant and to scrutinise all information relating to housing, and...