Langa office helps settle issues

2018-03-29 06:00
Residents from Langa attended an information session where they received advice regarding wills and estates. PHOTO: Mawande Sobethwa

Residents from Langa attended an information session where they received advice regarding wills and estates. PHOTO: Mawande Sobethwa

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Oral deals involving the sale of houses in the townships is a cause of grief and feuds and should be avoided.

This is one of the many points raised during an awareness session that was hosted by the Langa Community Advise Service (LCAS) on Human Rights day.

The organisation offers free legal advice to residents from their Langa based offices.

Last Wednesday, representatives from law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and Pro-Bono.org who also offers free legal services, were on hand to offer advise.

LCAS facilitator, Robert Sandlana, said the main point of contention is title deeds, RDP Housing, including wills and estates.

“Many of our clients complain about title deeds, selling of their homes and lack of wills left by the deceased.

In September 2017, we had a similar meeting but we saw that there was still a need for the educating the community,” he said

Sandlana said that they invited about 50 people from various community stakeholders such as street committees, churches and old age homes.

“When it comes to the problems regarding the selling of houses, people tend to make deals where there is a lack of procedure and as a result we have too many problems regarding the sale of houses. These oral deals often cause trouble, so we want to advise people against them,” said. Sandlana.

He said that they want to let the community know that they are here to service them when they have such problem but their services also extend to other types of complaints.

“We also assist with labour related legal issues, education as well as divorce. We are very happy that those we invited attended and that our partners in this initiative also gave them pivotal advice,” he said.

Resident Nozikhumbuzo Gqeza said the initiative was necessary as there was a lack of information in the community.

“We learnt a lot in this session and we are very grateful to have attended because there were many things we didn’t know.

We didn’t know how important a will is to a person. We thought it was just for the rich but its important even for the little valuable assets that one has,” she said.

She said that she also hoped the organisation would reach more people and spread its message. Sandlana said that they saw the demand and on the 24th of April they will host a similar event. He encouraged those with such problems to visit their centre at the Langa Housing Office.

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