South Africa: 'Missing' Alex R1.3bn Never Existed, Says Former Gauteng Premier

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Former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa has told an inquiry that allegations that R1.3bn had gone missing from the Alexandra Renewal Project were incorrect and that the funds were approved, but never allocated.

Mbhazima Shilowa was among the former Gauteng premiers who have been summoned to appear before the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and public protector inquiry into the Alexandra Renewal Project.

Shilowa, who gave evidence on Monday 18 November, told the inquiry Alexandra was one of four urban areas identified as in need of upgrading to alleviate poverty and underdevelopment.

Hundred of residents at Helen Joseph Women's Hostel share bathrooms and taps because many of the facilities do not work. (Photo: Aisha Abdool Karim)

He said the provincial department of human settlements was tasked with the implementation of the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) and confirmed that the department had then commissioned a business plan for the ARP worth R1.3-billion over seven years.

Shilowa echoed Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Lebogang Maile's claim that there was never any actual money allocated for the ARP.

The drainage and sewerage system does not work at Helen Joseph Women's Hostel, leaving residents to walk past large pools of dirty water filled with...

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