THE Limpopo government is under attack on social media over the official handover of 40 temporary mkhukhus to Talana hostel dwellers outside Tzaneen, to avoid a health risk against the coronavirus.

The government said it came up with the multi-million rand Human Settlements Project to improve proper shelter to the destitute households during the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha has been criticised for personally going to Talana on Friday, accompanied by CoGHSTA MEC Basikopo Makamu, to officially handover the new low-cost housing units to the people.

Premier Mathabatha joined by CoGHSTA MEC, Basikopo Makamu cutting ribbons during the hand over of 40 temporary shelter to Talana hostel dwellers.

Addressing the people at the event, Mathabatha said: “This is just an immediate temporary solution in a fight against Covid-19, because when we assessed the situation at this hostel, it was really not helping us as it was difficult for people to practise social distancing here. We are still going to build houses for you.

“This project will go a long way in ensuring that government restore the dignity of poor communities. In addition, the lack of infrastructure exposes residents of informal settlements to perpetual dangers of this dreaded disease.”

MEC Makamu said the provincial government is in a process of transforming the Talana hostel, and will be building community residential units.

Mkhukhu houses given to hostel dwellers has been described as temporary shelters in response against Coronavirus health risk.

“We are coming here in response against the coronavirus. The people getting the temporary structures have been assessed and they qualify to get houses. We have also provided tanks for water to ensure that they have sustainable water provision,” he said.

But Twitter handlers responded to this multi-million rand project as a wasteful expenditure and could have been avoided by just building RDP houses for the people.

EFF leader Julius Malema retweeted on the Limpopo government Twitter page, saying: “You must be ashamed of yourself Chief.” Seshego sa MajaTladi also retweeted: “You have the audacity to even lie and call those shacks a temporary shelter when your pamphlet says otherwise.”