Kokstad mayor condemns selling of RDP houses

2018-10-26 06:00
Anna Makwaeba (70) signs a documentafterreceiving her title deed. PHOTO: siphelele nketo

Anna Makwaeba (70) signs a documentafterreceiving her title deed. PHOTO: siphelele nketo

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THE government is doing its best to make sure that communities don’t live in shacks, so it is sad when communities sell their RDP houses and stay in shacks, said Greater Kokstad Municipality Mayor Bheki Mtolo.

RDP houses are being delivered to poor communities to restore their dignity, but recipients from Franklin have started selling the houses, which is not right, the mayor said. He said many communities who live in shacks in Kokstad have sold their RDP houses.

Last Saturday, he handed out title deeds to over 100 beneficiaries at the Franklin Community Hall. He stated that the municipality will not hand over title deeds to unlawful recipients. He told recipients to involve lawyers when selling their houses to avoid being cheated.

“For people who have not yet collected their title deeds, their names will be advertised in local and national newspapers to request they collect their title deeds. If a person has died, we will advertise the name of the deceased for family members to go to a court of law and follow due process to get the title deed,” he said.

He said when phase one of the housing project was completed, 222 community members who had applied for RDP houses did not get their houses and the government will be building those houses in the coming years.

“There is land available for a phase two housing project. To complete the project, it is going to take time because we have to conduct land assessments,” he said.

He made it clear that government employees are not allowed to own these houses because RDP houses are for poor people. “Community members who earn above R3 600 a month are asked to pay municipal tariffs,” he said, adding that Horseshoe and other communities will be getting their title deeds soon.

Anna Makwaeba (70) from Franklin was pleased when she received her title deed and she said: “I am not going to sell the house for the benefit of my children and grandchildren. If I sell the house, who is going to give me another house for free?”

On October 3, President Cyril Ramaphosa was in Franklin to hand over title deeds.

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