Orphans saved from eviction

2016-07-21 06:00
Ebrahim Armien, CEO of Sharp Move Properties, Toka Sitole, owner of Chillas tavern, Dalisile Mfazwe, regional secretary for Sanco, Nomakula Sijobo, 51, a neighbour, Priscilla Sidzumo, Nazeem Ntintili, Thozama Didizana, and other members of Sanco and neighbours, at the house donated by the busines owners, on Monday in Mandela Park.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Ebrahim Armien, CEO of Sharp Move Properties, Toka Sitole, owner of Chillas tavern, Dalisile Mfazwe, regional secretary for Sanco, Nomakula Sijobo, 51, a neighbour, Priscilla Sidzumo, Nazeem Ntintili, Thozama Didizana, and other members of Sanco and neighbours, at the house donated by the busines owners, on Monday in Mandela Park. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Three orphans who were facing eviction from their late parent’s house have now been assured ownership of the house after the intervention of businessmen from the area.

Sharp Move Properties in partnership with Toka Sitole, the owner of Chillas Tavern in H Section, bought the house in Flag Boshilo Street, and handed it over to the three on Monday as part of the Nelson Mandela Day commemoration.

The Good Samaritans worked hand-in-hand with South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) and entered into a sales agreement to purchase the house which was already sold by a bank to a property speculator.

The orphans have lived in fear of being kicked-out of the house for two years.

Mu’eedah Armien, an employee of Sharp Move Properties said they could not fold their hands after they were alerted to the situation of the orphans.

“(After) this came to Sharp Move Properties’ attention, we felt the need to assist these orphans to remain in a stable home and retain their dignity,” she said.

Sitole said he felt good after helping the orphans.

“We will continue to fight the evictions. No one should be evicted when we are still around. I am very happy that they now own the house,” Sitole said.

Dalisile Mfazwe, regional secretary for Sanco, said they are happy for fighting until the end to ensure that the orphans stay in the house they called home for years.

“It is not the first time we fought against eviction here.

We have a problem of banks and agents that are cruel.

“We call on all agents to come to our structures so we will have an understanding about the intended eviction.

We want to thank Sharp Move Properties and Sitole for what they did for the children,” Mfazwe said.

They orphans were not present to witness the hand-over as one was still at school and other one was not home.

Neighbours who have been fighting against their eviction from the beginning, were there to accept the good news on their behalf.

Nomakula Sijobo, 51, a neighbour, said they chased away a number of people who wanted to move into the house, claiming that they bought it two years ago.

“We as residents fought and would not allow anyone to move-into the house.

“Their parents paid(for the house) until they died, so where the children were going to go to now?

“I am happy that now they have assurance of ownership of the house.

I have never seen such a thing like this where businesses buy a house for orphans,” Sijobo said.

Thozama Didizana, also a neighbour, said she was also “happy” for what the business owners did for the children and said they are “free at last.”

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