Protest over pensioner's plight

2010-01-06 22:14

Johannesburg - The SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Wednesday said it would protest on behalf of pensioner evicted from his home in 2005 for failure to pay rates.

Steven Mkhize, age 83, lost his Greytown home in 2005 after owing R14 000 in rates to the municipality, according to media reports.

The council for Umvoti municipality, which incorporates Greytown, was controlled by the Inkatha Freedom Party.

Sanco spokesperson Dumisani Mthalane said that despite media coverage and parliamentary hearings, Mkhize had yet to get back his home.

The house was valued at R350 000 and was built by Mkhize who had worked as an ambulance driver. It was auctioned for R8 000.

Mthalane criticised the municipal credit controller Naline Kahn for Mkhize's plight. According to reports, the house had been auctioned to a relative of Kahn's.

Sanco would be protesting outside of Mkhize's former home on Thursday and would follow that with a high court legal action, Mthalane said.