Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has reiterated that government is building RDP houses for South African citizens and not just for foreign nationals.
Sisulu says housing in South Africa has caused many problems over the years and this been worsened by foreign nationals coming into South Africa and buying RDP
houses that are meant for South African citizens at a fraction of the price.
She says her department is currently looking at ways to rectify this problem. “We would like to find a mechanism of how we can cater for people who are here in South Africa but are not South African citizens either through their employers or through rental stock,” she says.
Research has shown that many South Africans who own RDP houses are forced to off load their properties because of circumstances beyond their control.
Sisulu says they don’t encourage people to sell government sponsored RDP houses.
“The law is very clear, anybody who owns an RDP house may not sell before they have lived in it for eight years. We have noticed that people are selling their homes before the stipulated time and this creates huge problems for the owners and government. So, what I am saying is, if home-owners have not managed to get themselves out the poverty trap or their circumstances haven’t changed – they should hold onto the property. If they continue to sell property at reduced prices to foreign nationals, they will only fall heavier into debt.”