Former Gauteng Housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane says there was no R1.3 billion allocated for the Alexandra Urban Renewal Project.

She says although there was a business plan which costed the project at this amount, however no such money was set aside.

Mokonyane was testifying at the hearings focusing on Alexandra Township led by the Human Rights Commission and the Office of the Public Protector in Johannesburg.

The project was launched by the government in 2001 with the aim of transforming the infrastructure of Alexandra.

Mokonyane’s testimony ties up with that of former Gauteng Premier Mbazima Shilowa who testified at the same hearings this week.

“For the record, hardly a cent was allocated in the tune of R1.3 billion for Alex renewal. This was an estimate that came through a business plan that was developed for the implementation for the Alexandra renewal. Secondly, all departments had to utilise their own budgets,” explains Mokonyane.