‘Litsha residents picket offices

2018-12-06 06:00
Residents from Village 3 in Makhaza protest in front of the City’s municipal offices in Tygervalley.      PHOTO: Thulani magazi

Residents from Village 3 in Makhaza protest in front of the City’s municipal offices in Tygervalley. PHOTO: Thulani magazi

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Irate residents from Village 3 in Makhaza marched to the City’s Tygervalley municipal offices last Wednesday to hand over a memorandum of grievances, demanding confirmation letters to the land which they occupy in the area.

The residents claim to have been there since 1992, and the City has only ever installed toilets and running water pipes.

Now they demand to be given documentation which states that they are the rightful occupiers of the serviced plots

During the march, they accused Douglas Norman, the City of Cape Town District Manager for Central Region, of delaying the process of signing the title deeds.

Norman accepted the memorandum and promised to look at it, and respond within seven working days. He also briefed them on why the letters were taking so long to be handed to them.

“The sites that you occupy do not belong to you until the transfer process was done first.”

“This is a long process, as the City has to hire a team of lawyers to resolve the problem. We need legal opinion for us to go forward. We can’t just change them without a court permission,” he said.

Lungelo Tshika, for the residents, said they’ve been staying in their sites for more than two decades without title deeds.

“We’ve been staying there since 1992, coming from different informal areas, in Site B and Site C.

We were relocated by Lingelethu West Municipality to the present place of dwelling. We are still waiting. What is puzzling is that other people in Phase One, have had their houses built long ago. Why are our houses in Phase Two dragging for so long?” he asked.

He said they’ve been coming to the City’s office several times to find out about their confirmation letters, but must still get straight answers.

“We had several meetings with Douglas demanding our letters, but he doesn’t give us straight answers. He once told us that maybe we can get them in 2024, he is not sure,” said Tshika. “Our sites are fully serviced. We have water, electricity and restrooms. But we need proper houses.”

Norman said they will attend to their grievances

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