Conflict in Mfuleni

2017-04-13 06:00
Residents up in arms after house was bought under their neighbours nose in Mfuleni. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Residents up in arms after house was bought under their neighbours nose in Mfuleni. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A group of residents from Mfuleni have threatened that there will be a xenophobic outbreak if foreign nationals continue to buy houses in the area under fraudulent means.

On Friday, a group of residents demonstrated outside the Bluedowns Magistrate Court after one of them had lost her home to a foreigner.

Noluvuyo Donker,28, said she lost her home last week after the house in Ngqwili Street was sold without her knowledge.

She said that the house was purchased by her late sister in 2009 and the sale was facilitated by the street committee. She, however told City Vision that she didn’t have the tittle deed to the house as it remained in the name of the original owner.

“On Thursday I was thrown out of the house and arrested for trespassing in my own home. I was taken to jail even though I did nothing wrong. This is so painful as I have a small child and another on the way,” she said.

Donker said that they she has hired a lawyer to assist her in the fight to get back her home. During the protest the group was singing anti foreign national songs and threatened to deal harshly with them if the practice continued.

They claimed that the person who bought Donker’s house was a foreign national.

“We are tired of foreigners using underhand means to buy houses and being assisted by the courts and the police to remove our people. This has become such a daily occurrence that we have to take a stand,” said community leader Monde Matshintshane.

He said that they had no option but to take radical action against the African compatriots.

“They have gone too far now. How can they evict a pregnant woman like this and in the rain like this?,” he asked.

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