Hobo family almost lost house

2016-07-14 06:00
Stella Ngcume, Douglas Berry, neighbours, Ebrahim Armien, CEO of Sharp Move Properties, Toka Sitole, the owner of Chillas tavern, Nombulelo Hobo, Priscilla Sidzumo, Janeeh Davids, and Jongintaba Hobo whose house was reposesed, in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Stella Ngcume, Douglas Berry, neighbours, Ebrahim Armien, CEO of Sharp Move Properties, Toka Sitole, the owner of Chillas tavern, Nombulelo Hobo, Priscilla Sidzumo, Janeeh Davids, and Jongintaba Hobo whose house was reposesed, in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Jongintaba Hobo – a disabled man – and his family will no longer find their lot on the side of the streets, after two businessmen came to their rescue, as a bank tried to repossess their home.

Ebrahim Armien, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sharp Move Properties and Toka Sitole, the owner of Chillas tavern, in H Section, in Khayelitsha made means for the family to remain in their house after they learnt that it was due for repossession last year.

Armien said he was so touched after he found the couple with their belongings outside the house, that he decided to challenge the decision to move them out.

He teamed-up with Sitole who donated R30 000 which was used as a 10% down payment on house.

The Hobo family now have assurance that they will not move-out of the house in Nokwazi Square, which they have occupied since 1987.

Nombulelo Hobo said their dilemma started after her husband was forced to quit work after he suffered a stroke in 2008.

They were about R29000 in areas with their instalments when the bank first attempted to repossess the house in 2011, but they continued with their monthly payments.

They owed the bank only R3, 400 in their instalment, when the bank went ahead and sold their house in 2015.

Armien, whose business of selling houses is based in Site B, said he could not fold his hands and see Hobo lose his house in such a manner.

“The banks are using a vicious system and it has to stop. He paid the house for years and now the bank saw an opportunity to make more money now that he defaulted. It seems no one is prepared to tackle the banks on this.

Someone has to stand for this thing. I refused to sell the house, because he is on wheelchair and he has been paying his instalments well before he got sick. I challenged the process taken to evacuate them.

I am the surety for the Hobo’s loan to re-buy the house.

Sitole is also paying legal and transferee fees for the house,” Armien said.

Sitole said he jumped to help after he was approached for help as he understood the pain the family was going through.

“I saw elders being evicted and I took a decision to help where I could. I ensured that we found a way for them not to move-out of their house,” Sitole said.

Hobo, who cannot talk properly, could not hold his tears back during the visit by the business owners who came to relay the good news on Friday.

Hobo said they were hit hard after they were told to evacuate the house.

“I was stressed. Now I feel very happy. Its a miracle for us that we will no longer have to move-out because of their help,” she said.

The Hobo’s are now starting a new instalment for the house.

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