Alleged illegal site seller could ‘be dealt with’

2017-11-01 06:01
PHOTO: Makhosandile zuluA community member said she had bought a site in the area above from a member of the ward committee in KwaMachibisa.

PHOTO: Makhosandile zuluA community member said she had bought a site in the area above from a member of the ward committee in KwaMachibisa.

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AN article titled “Sites allegedly sold illegally in KwaMachibisa” in Maritzburg Echo dated October 12 stated that a Ward 22 committee member is being accused of allegedly illegally selling land there.

Sources told Echo they had bought the land for between R10 000 and R20 000.

Another source claims the councillor had granted permission to one individual to build on a community sports field.

However, the councillor, Xolani Ngongoma, refuted this claim stating he had tried to convince the individual not to build on the site because it is a community sports field.

He said his efforts were unsuccessful because the person produced a title deed proving they are the rightful owner of the site.

He said accusations of this nature against him and ward committee members were an attempt to discredit the leadership of the ward, and those behind the allegations are aligned to the previous councillor and are bitter because he had failed to emerge as a candidate in last year’s local government elections, and subsequently as ward councillor.

The ward committee member dismissed the allegations also claiming this was a way of tarnishing the reputation of the KwaMachibisa leadership.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha this week said no person is authorised to sell land belonging to the entity besides the general manager of sustainable development and city enterprises.

“According to the ‘power of delegations’ [2017] - the power of delegation to manage, dispose and acquire land is delegated to [the manager],” Mafumbatha said.

Mafumbatha said the municipality community development arm has established an anti-land invasion unit that works with the sustainable development land management unit to handle matters of this nature.

“If this person is illegally or soliciting land sales, that is a criminal activity, which must, and will be dealt with.

“I can’t comment on what the outcome of dealing with the person will be as the matter will be dealt with legally,” Mafumbatha said.

She said the municipality can only take action against the accused once the matter has been investigated and there is evidence.

“As it stands, the Constitution of South Africa states that a person is innocent until proven guilty. If there are people who can provide the municipality with the evidence, that information is more than welcome,” Mafumbatha said.

She said the municipality responds immediately to reports or complaints of this nature.

“Some we have demolished, some are at the courts, however, we firstly serve the occupant, or owner, with contravention and report them to the SAPS, and lastly we appoint our attorneys or use our legal advisors to seek an interdict or demolition order,” Mafumbatha said.

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