A contractor leaves Lekgopung housing project in disarray


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By REGINALD KANYANE

An impoverished community of Lekgopung village outside Zeerust is still reeling in disappointment after RDP housing project expected to improve their lives was left incomplete.

Konki Construction Company, which is linked to North West Business Forum spokesman, Sello Mogodiri was awarded the tender to build 250 RDP houses back in 2015.

Lekgopung Tribal Authority speaker, Motlogelwa Mokgosi said the incomplete project left them dejected.

“Where it was supposed to be 250 houses, now consists of trenches, incomplete foundations, dilapidating walls without windows. We requested several meetings with the contractor and Ramotshere Local Municipality to address the matter. However, we heard a deafen silence from Mogodiri,” Mokgosi said.

The project Community Liaising Officer (CLO), Dinaane Kopeka said: “I live in fear now after some of community members accused me of taking bribes from the contractor.”

One of beneficiaries, Sarah Makhutlhe, 53 said: “We expected a lot from this project. My mother applied for a RDP house on behalf of her grandchildren. Their mother passed away and stay in a shack. We are also living in abject poverty because our house was blown away by heavy rains recently. We are now forced to find shelter in a two roomed house. We have more than seven family members and all unemployed.”

Toki Motlhokodi, 73 who stays in a mud house said she was disappointed after the house was not built. A mother of three children said: “My mud house was demolished because I was promised a RDP house. The contractor only dug a trench and left.”

However, Konki Construction Company representative, Sello Mogodiri said he should not personally be linked to the companies that did business with government.

“I only represented the companies, but did not benefit unduly from government. There were problems regarding that project,” he said.

According to North West Provincial government Director-general, Dr Keneilwe Sebego, Mogodiri’s company was awarded tenders worth R33 million by government and failed to finish them

Mogodiri who is a member of North West Business Forum secured government tenders worth R33 million.

“He was supposed to construct a road in First Street in Mahikeng. The road was forced to be re-done due to poor workmanship by Mogodiri. He also left a housing project in Lekgophung incomplete.”

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