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SIU Submits Overstrand Housing Irregularities Report to President Ramaphosa for Review

Michael Hawthorne

OVERBERG – In a recent development surrounding the ongoing investigation into alleged irregularities within the Overstrand Municipality’s Housing Department, the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has submitted its comprehensive report to President Cyril Ramaphosa for review. Overstrand Municipal Manager, Dean O’Neill, confirmed that the report is currently under examination by the President before its public disclosure.

O’Neill expressed the municipality’s stance, stating, “There is nothing we can do until the President has signed off the report.” The public will be informed of the findings as soon as they become available.

This investigation stems from previous concerns highlighted in a May 3, 2022, report by IOL, where the SIU began probing allegations of maladministration and corruption related to the approval and allocation of housing in the DA-run Overstrand Municipality. President Cyril Ramaphosa had authorized the special unit to investigate following reports of maladministration over the approval, allocation, or payment of housing subsidies and the allocation of sites or constructed houses.

Overstrand Mayor Annelie Rabie at the time, assured that the SIU has been actively conducting on-site interviews since April 17 2022, following the provision of all necessary information. Rabie emphasized her and the Council’s support for the investigation, with the expectation that the SIU would conclude its work by June 30 2022.

Cameron Dugmore, ANC leader of the opposition in the Western Cape, at the time, welcomed the investigation, stating it was long overdue. He urged the Overstrand Municipality to fully cooperate with the SIU and called on the DA to be transparent about the issues that have allegedly been transpiring for years.

DA Constituency Head for Overstrand, Masizole Mnqasela, at the time, stressed the importance of a thorough investigation, calling for the inclusion of the period between 2000 and 2014. While the proclamation primarily focused on the housing process from 2014 to 2021.

As the SIU investigation unfolds, the nation awaits a comprehensive report that will shed light on the alleged irregularities within Overstrand Municipality’s Housing Department and potentially bring about consequences for those found guilty.


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