Protesters demand title deeds

2018-11-28 14:31
Protesters stand outside the building hosting the City of Cape Town's housing department in Bellville. Photo: Thabang Kuaho

Protesters stand outside the building hosting the City of Cape Town's housing department in Bellville. Photo: Thabang Kuaho

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A group of residents from an informal settlement in Makhaza Phase 2 picketed outside the Bloemhof Building on Edward Road in Bellville earlier today and handed over a petition to the City of Cape Town’s Housing department.

The petition demanded the City given title deeds to the land they have been occupying for the past 26 years.

“We have been living in the area since 1992, but we still do not have our title deeds yet,” said Samson Ntwanambi.

“We want answers from the City to know when we are getting our title deeds. They keep saying that it’s a process and that we should be patient.”

The City’s housing department’s Douglas Norman accepted the signed petition and assured the residents that processes to get their title deeds were underway.

“It is not that simple, the property you live on is owned by a private person and we cannot transfer it over to you,” Norman said.

He said he was not part of the process when it was started.

Norman said when he joined the project, a survey was conducted to find out how many people lived there so that a process to transfer the property to the residents could start.

“We cannot transfer the property to you without the owner’s permission.”

He, however, assured the residents that a team of attorneys was appointed to better deal with the issue.

Norman said he would write an official letter to the residents and have it delivered to them within seven days.


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