Defaulting tenants evicted

2015-07-29 06:00
ON GUARD: Armed to the teeth, policemen look on as disgruntled women, who are tenants at the Masimong 4 Estate, sing and chant freedom songs during the Matjhabeng Local Municipality’s eviction of defaulters last Wednesday (22/07). 
     Photo: 
Teb

ON GUARD: Armed to the teeth, policemen look on as disgruntled women, who are tenants at the Masimong 4 Estate, sing and chant freedom songs during the Matjhabeng Local Municipality’s eviction of defaulters last Wednesday (22/07). Photo: Teb

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A MOTHER of a three-month-old baby is among the nine tenants left stranded after they were evicted last Wednesday (22/07) from apartments they were renting at the Masimong 4 Estate property.

Their eviction followed the Matjhabeng Local Municipality’s Housing Department’s successful application for eviction of non-compliant tenants at the low-cost housing estate situated at Harmony’s Masimong Mine, about 10 km outside Welkom.

The housing estate in question was built to accommodate people who did not qualify for bonds and state RDP houses.

The estate has apartments comprising two bedrooms and three bedrooms rented through a property agent, Amohelang Property Management. Monthly rental starts at R700 for two and three-bedroomed apartments, excluding water and electricity.

The victims, men and women, were evicted by the Matjhabeng Local Municipality in the presence of heavily-armed and vigilant police members and municipal security guards.

Those evicted were tenants the municipality had identified to be in arrears and have defaulted on their monthly rental payment, as well as failed to comply with the municipality’s audit process.

The mother of the three-month-old baby, who opted not to have her name published, is among tenants whose movable property was attached by the sheriff during the eviction last Wednesday.

The woman said that she had just returned from a four-month maternity leave and that her explanation had fallen on deaf ears as to why she had been in arrears and had missed out on the municipality’s audit.

Like the rest of the affected tenants, the woman was forced to find temporary accommodation at some friends staying on the same estate.

A protest by angry women did not thwart the sheriff and authorities of the Matjhabeng Housing Department from evicting people from the housing complex currently administered by the Free State Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA).

“We gave you our votes, body and soul as well as something else, still you leaders are not satisfied. You want to see us homeless?” some disgruntled women said, singing and chanting freedom songs

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.