Feud turns violent

2017-06-07 06:01
Another Sol Plaatje Municipality housing beneficiary feud left a Galeshewe family homeless after the title deed holder destroyed the RDP house they had been living in.Photos: Boipelo Mere

Another Sol Plaatje Municipality housing beneficiary feud left a Galeshewe family homeless after the title deed holder destroyed the RDP house they had been living in.Photos: Boipelo Mere

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Another Sol Plaatje Municipality hou-sing beneficiary feud has left a Galeshewe family homeless after the title deed holder destroyed the RDP house they were staying in.

The couple, who have been living on the plot for 19 years, were sitting inside their yard when the title deed holder, who is a relative, arrived with a group of men and broke down the house on Thursday (01/06).

The community of Ward 12 were up in arms after the incident and offered the couple storage space and accommodation.

They want the municipality to erect a disaster shack on the same plot until the case is resolved, as they insist that no other person will move onto the plot.

The community were disgusted by the attitude of the police officers who were called to the scene, who reportedly just stood and watched as the house was destroyed, citing that they do not intervene in housing issues.

According to Jeanette Mokapane (57), they had been living on the premises years before the RDP house was built.

They were reportedly asked by her relative, Mpolokeng Abiele, who owned the plot, to look after her place.

They were living somewhere else at the time Abiele approached them.

“I remember we moved into this place on 24 May 1998, not suspecting at all that one day my cousin will remove me in this manner,” said Mokapane.

“She has never stayed on the pre-mises and has been living in Kuruman ever since.

“I saw her for the first time in years during the Easter weekend when she came to tell me to move out, as she has sold the house, reportedly to a police officer.

“That is when I approached the ward councillor for advice and we went to seek assistance at the Sol Plaatje Municipality for a place for us to stay.

“The municipality is still dealing with our case and has not yet announced a way forward in the matter.”

The Sol Plaatje municipality refuses to take the blame until it verifies whether there is indeed a title deed issued for this house that it built.

According to Charles Ngoma, chairperson for Development and Planning at the municipality, they regard the person who stayed inside the house as the owner and intends to open a criminal charge against the person who destroyed the house.

“We only learned about this feud last week and referred the family to the housing chairperson, Obakeng Plaatjie, who is still in the process of finding a solution.

“We were even surprised to get a call from Operation Wanya Tsotsi today to hear that the house was destroyed,” added Ngoma.

The founder of the Kapa Bokone Community Development Foundation, Maku Maris, finds it unfair that the family was deprived of their own house throughout the years while they were living on the plot, only to be thrown out in this manner.

“We are still saying what we said many years ago, that government must revoke these title deeds issued to the people who never stayed on the plot and give them to the current occupants,” said Maris.

“Why don’t they buy a plot and build houses of their choice instead of gunning for the vulnerable by removing them after deciding to sell the houses?”

She also called for an end to the intervention measures that government takes, of buying these feud houses from the undeserving owners.

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