Joburg building control officer suspended for misconduct

MMC for Development Planning, Reuben Masango, says further investigations are expected to give more insight into the allegations in their entirety.

 

The Department of Development Planning has suspended a building control officer, pending further investigations into various allegations of misconduct.

MMC for the department, Reuben Masango, said allegations brought against the official include irregularities in the issuing of notices to developers, resulting in developments taking place without approved plans, creating a law-enforcement burden for the City, and loss of revenue.

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More allegations include failure to implement a geoscience report, which pre-empted possible collapsing of houses in both Lenasia and Protea, insubordination and failure to carry out various lawful instructions

The MMC said that further investigations are expected to give more insight into the allegations in their entirety.

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Masango said he was disappointed that an official in such an integral position could have failed to uphold the roles and responsibilities bestowed upon them. “As the leadership of the department, we will not hesitate to take decisive and appropriate action within the confines of the law, and further afford the official an opportunity to respond to the charges laid against them.”

A building control officer is responsible for making recommendations regarding any plans, specifications, documents, and information submitted to a local authority. They inspect the erection of a building and any activities associated with it.

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Chantelle Fourie

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