“Our niece destroyed our home”

2015-11-19 06:00
Linda Pere, 40, and Bathini Mhlabeli, 21, were left homeless after their home was demolished by their relative, on Saturday, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Linda Pere, 40, and Bathini Mhlabeli, 21, were left homeless after their home was demolished by their relative, on Saturday, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A woman and her nephew were left homeless after the respective shacks they were staying in were allegedely destroyed by their niece, the daughter of a late brother.

According to them, a dispute over the plot in Makhaza, has lead to the mayhem

Linda Pere, 40, and Bathini Mhlabeli, 21, were seething with anger after their home was flattened by the relative.

Pere said the dispute started in 2013, after the relative-who resides in Nyanga with her mother-allegedly ordered them to vacate the plot.

According to Pere, she refused, whereupon the niece allegedly returned with a group of people and set upon the three-roomed shack, demolishing it.

Pere had obtained a court order against the woman, who paid scant regard to as she was on a path of destruction.

Pere, who was at work, got a call from residents that her shack was being destroyed again on Saturday.

“I rushed here and found them busy destroying my shack. There were also police officers who were looking on. I was shocked to see police not intervening when people who did not have any authority from the court to destroyed my shack. They said they were there to keep peace,” she said.

Pere said, in the company of her lawyer, then went to inquire at Harare Police Station about the demolition.

“We were told that the police had escorted the niece as she claimed that she wanted to build a structure on the plot.

My question is that why did the police not stop her when she started demolishing instead of building the structure? They failed me and sided with her,” she added.

Sergeant Nosiphiwo Mtengwana, communication officer at Harare Police Station said they were aware of the dispute about the plot and that the court ruled in favour of woman at the centre of the destruction.

“The matter was taken to court where it was decided that she (Mahlatshana) has a right to occupy the plot. The court has a final decision regarding the matter. This is an old story and the accusations against us are not true,” Mtengwana said.

Mhlabeli, who had recently buried his mother, said he was left heartbroken after the incident.

“I do not feel right at all, because now I have to ask my friends for a place to sleep.

“I was born here. This is my late father’s place too. I wish they all get arrested for demolishing our home. I also lost my two Carvela shoes which my late mother bought soon before her death,” he said.

“She did not even know the plot until recently. I do have an authority which I obtained from the Master’s office in town.

“We also awaiting the outcomes of the court about who has a right to stay in the plot between us, but now she came and destroyed it,” Pere said.

Pere said she lost, among other things, R10 000 which she just got as a share from her Stokvel, two knives, a plasma television and broken items.

City Vision could not get a comment from the woman accused of destroying the shack.

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