‘Give us back our house’

2016-03-24 06:00
 Nomfundo Mange, one of the concerned residents, Vuyiseka Mgema, Ntwintileni Mgema and Vuyiseka’ children Amyoli, Sbabalwa and Avuyile Mgema in front of the rented shack, in Mfuleni.  PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

Nomfundo Mange, one of the concerned residents, Vuyiseka Mgema, Ntwintileni Mgema and Vuyiseka’ children Amyoli, Sbabalwa and Avuyile Mgema in front of the rented shack, in Mfuleni. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Amutual agreement between a now departed mother and her friend regarding her house has come back to haunt her children.

A decade ago, before Nosipho Mgema passed away, she asked her best friend, who is only known as Phumlisa to look after her shack, because she(Mgema) had to leave with her young children for the Eastern Cape to look after her sick mother.

Unfortunately Mgema never returned to the Western Cape and her hshack in Mfule; her mother died, and a while later she also lost her battle with an undisclosed illness.

Mgema died leaving her two young daughters Vuyiseka and Ntwintileni Mgema with relatives.

Phumlisa continued to live in the shack, even as it was converted into an RDP house.

Vuyiseka,22, and Ntwintileni,17, are now back in Mfuleni and want their mother’s house back.

But their mother’s friend, Phumlisa, the woman who was entrusted with looking after the house, won’t move, saying she had made alterations and extensions to the house, using her own money.

Meanwhile, the Mgema girls have to contend with renting a shack while the house their mother built for them is occupied by a stranger.

Vuyiseka has three young children of their own, and said everytime she went past the house in Ngqurha Street, Extension 6, her heart bleeds.

“She does not want to move-out of the house. It is painful to us, because we rent a shack which is not in good condition while our mother’s house is occupied by someone else.

“She said she was going to pay us R50 000 for the house, but we do not want the money, we want the house,” Vuyiseka said.

She also said they are worried that the water bill has shot upwards to R32 000 as Phumlisa is running a car wash from their home.

The matter has since attracted the attention of concerned residents who claimed that they will leave no stone unturned to ensure that Phumlisa moves out of the house.

A group of the residents went to the provincial Department of Human Settlements to double check on the status of the house and they found that the title deed was under the late Mgema’s name.

City Vision is in possession of all the documents pertaining to the ownership of the house; that it belongs to Mgema.

The residents said they even took the case to local Councillor Themba Honono, who refused to heed their presentation of facts.

Honono cited ignorance of the case when he was contacted by City Vision, and was in no mood to listen to further questions.

City Vision understands that the residents, concerned with the welfare of the siblings, presented the case to the Blue Downs Magistrates Court for advice.

Last Friday, the court manager sat down with them, but it what not immediately clear what transipred during the discussions.

Nomfundo Mange, 46, one of the concerned resident, said they could not fold their hands while the siblings needed their help. “We will go all the way to ensure that they move-into their late mother’s house. She (Phumlisa) does not want to move-out, but she knows that the house does not belong to her. However, Phumlisa dismissed claims that she was reluctant to move out.

“I suggested that they let me buy the house, because I invested a lot in it. I have stayed in the house for about 12 years now.”

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