To: All Media: From: Newfields Village Anti-Eviction Campaign Re: Shortcuts in Remedial Programme of Newfileds Village. CLO distances himself and blames CTCHC. Sunday, February 1, 2009
On 21 January, contractors for Newfields council homes refused to complete remedial work on our homes. After last weeks progress meeting between the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) Gary Hartzenberg and Cape Town Community Housing Company (CTCHC), it was established that MEC Whitey Jacobs had refused in August 2008 to fund repairs to our doors, frames, electricity connections, floors, ceilings and firewalls and that the MEC requested CTCHC treat these repairs as part of owners maintenance. This contradicts what MEC Jacobs has put on record in meetings with representatives from the 9 CTCHC villages (Woodridge, Eastridge, Luyoloville, Railway, Philippi, Newfields, Mannenberg, Morgan’s Village and Royal Maitland). CTCHC did not inform the residents or the CLO about the MEC’s refusal until last week – six months later. The community of Newfields Village is extremely upset that they have been lied to and misinformed about the progress on fixing their homes.
Accordingly, the CLO, has forwarded a letter to the CTCHC which states that he is distancing himself from his duties as CLO for CTCHC because it is hiding relevant information from the community. CTCHC is attempting to coopt the CLO into working against the interests of the community and the CLO has refused to do so even if it means that he may soon be fired. Hartzenberg stated: “I will not be party to this. I will not support CTCHC as they attempt to cut corners during the necessary remedial program on our homes.”
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For the history of corruption and mismanagement by CTCHC, click here.