We’re not in the business of property sales, say police

2019-02-14 06:00

Lwandle police have strongly reiterated they have no role to play in the process of property sales.

This, after a group of community members visited the police station to report the apparent fraudulent sale of a property within the police precinct. According to spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama, the police were told the house had been sold to a member of the community, and all financial transactions had been completed.

If that were true, Gama indicated, the sale is illegal. He advised the community that anyone interested in selling and buying houses should follow legal routes, which facilitate the whole process of conveyance and payment.

“Following this path will limit any dispute between parties involved [in the transaction] and assist in acquiring proper documentation at the end,” he explained.

Gama added a number of disputes have been reported to the police, and the community would mostly request police intervention. “They will either seek intervention when the agreement between the parties is not honoured, or when spouses or family members dispute the sale of the house,” he related.

The police are also approached for affidavits to confirm transactions of property sales. “We wish to inform the community that we don’t form any part of transactions of selling houses, and we appeal to them, firstly, to seek legal advice from law firms, clinics or estate agents before they even begin the process of selling and purchasing property,” he said.

In a separate matter, the police requests that anyone transporting victims of assault, stabbing or shooting incidents, or injured persons to Helderberg Hospital, provide full details of the victim, their address and the incident.

“By providing this crucial information they will assist us when we start our preliminary investigations,” Gama said. “Lwandle police have recorded many incidents with no crime scene, so we urge the community to assist us here.”

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