The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:
1. I have been informed by the Department that Erf 5697 does fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.
a) The initial purpose of the building was for residential accommodation for SAPS members.
b) The building/dwelling has been vacant for 6 (six) years.
c) The property is in the process of being disposed of via an open tender process and will be finalised during the course of this year.
2. The Department is aware of the Criminal activity. The property was fenced and building was boarded up to prevent access and criminal activities. However the fence was broken on more than one occasion and the boards removed.
3. Numerous requests have been received from private individuals for the use of the premises. Approval has been obtained to dispose of the property by way of open tender.
4. No requests have been received from either the Provincial Government or the Municipality for the acquisition or transfer of this property.