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More than 3 000 government buildings deemed unsafe for occupation

Dec 7, 2017
More than 3 000 government buildings deemed unsafe for occupation

In a reply to a Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary question, the Minister of Public Works, Nathi Nhleko, revealed that 3% - or 3 046, of all government buildings nationwide are unfit for occupation and only 1% have been deemed to be in excellent condition.

"Furthermore, almost 10 000 government buildings have serious structural defects," added Malcolm Figg - the DA Shadow Minister of Public Works.

"It is unclear whether these building are currently in use. But what is clear is that our country’s ailing infrastructure is now on the verge of collapse."

Figg said that the decaying infrastructure is a damning indictment on the ANC government.

"Indeed, the government is literally crumbling.

"What’s worse is that only 1% of government buildings are in an excellent condition," he said.

"It’s unacceptable that government would risk the safety and security of hard-working public servants in this manner.

"Considering the widespread allegations of corruption that emerge on a daily basis from the ANC-led government, it should come as no surprise that the public funds allocated for the maintenance of these buildings did not end up being used for that purpose."

Figg said that government buildings are an invaluable component of economic growth and development.

"If these buildings are dilapidated, it will have serious consequences for our economy and on social services to the public.

"The DA will now write to Minister Nhleko and pepper him with more questions as to whether these buildings are indeed occupied and what his plans are to bring these unsafe buildings up to standard," he added.

"The crumbling infrastructure smacks of the dead ANC’s utter failure. This simply cannot be allowed to stand and the DA will continue holding the ever evasive ANC to account."