The Eastern Cape Roads and Public Works Department has lost millions in the past two decades over the non-payment of rentals at 25 government owned houses across the province.
In the Amathole District the department has lost R 93 000 a year, or R 1.86-million since 1994, as tenants are not paying rent in 12 government houses they have been occupying for the past 20 years.
This was revealed by Public Works MEC Thandiswa Marawu in a written response to a parliamentary query lodged by DA MPL Edmund van Vuuren.
In her written response, Marawu says the 25 houses which the department has been able to identify are located in the Chris Hani, Amathole, Alfred Nzo and the OR Tambo districts.
According to Marawu’s report, there are six state-owned houses in the Chris Hani District which have been occupied illegally and that the government is losing more than R 49 300 per year in rentals, or just more than R 987 000 over the past 20 years.
Department spokesman Sisanda George said the houses were inherited by the current government from the Ciskei and Transkei homelands.