Whereabouts of Meadowlands Gogo (101) thrown out of her home still unknown, says frantic grandson

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Gogo Violet's house was sold without her knowledge.
Gogo Violet's house was sold without her knowledge.
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You've probably seen the video. A frail old woman with a walker, slowing making her way out of the gate of the home she's lived in all her life - for the last time.

The video of gogo Violet Mosidi's eviction quickly went viral. 

On Facebook it quicky got more than 200 000 views before it spread to all the other social media. Neighbours are livid and family is trying to make sense of it all. 

But what really happened and why is the 101-year-old woman being evicted?

Drum finds the answers.

When we get to Meadowlands Zone 1 in Soweto, there's a hive of activity outside the peach coloured house. 

The grandmother's clothes and furniture are still outside, where they've been all night under her grandson's guard. 

Irate neighbours have gathered around the house, chanting 'Makahambe' (he must go) as the new owner talks to his friends inside. 

Outside, there are remnants of burnt tires as the community had earlier protested in support of gogo Violet. 

The community doesn't want the new owner to move them, as this is where the granny has lived for most of her life. 

But there are a lot of complicated issues. The family had swapped houses at some point. 

And they knew the house to be in Gogo's name. Her grandson, Israel Mosidi, who spent the night guarding his grandmother's worldly goods, explains.

He says he and his cousin (the one now accused of selling the house) grew up together as siblings, even though they lived in different houses.  

Israel tells Drum that they've seen such incidents in and around Soweto, but he never thought something like this could happen to their family.

He knows that a lot of people sell family houses when the elders pass away to avoid fighting over the money, but his grandmother was still alive and was put through so much trauma on Wednesday afternoon when she was being evicted, he says.

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"I live in Zone 2 and got a call yesterday that there are people taking my granny’s belongings and I had to rush here. By the time I got here, they had already put her stuff in plastic bags, and she was outside confused about what is happening," he tells Drum.

She took her walker and slowly made her way out, where her neighbours were gathering. 

“I asked the people who put her outside, the supposed new owners, and they told me that they bought the house from my cousin.

"My father and her father are siblings, and we grew up together, but she only came here to visit. When her father grew old, he moved to Rustenburg and my father moved into this house but he was later arrested. He died not long after his release but he was still trying to fix the issues of this house. I was shocked to find out that the new owners claimed that they bought the house from the owner of the house and that they have papers to prove,” he says.

Israel says fort the cousin to be the owner, his grandmother would’ve changed the title deed but that is impossible because she was too old, and she never had a relationship with her father and never attended his funeral.

He says his grandmother is the owner of the house and her two sons, his father and his cousin's father, who was the eldest, were also on the same title deed. 

When his father went to jail, Kedi's father swapped the houses because he knew that when his younger brother was released, he would come back home, but he wanted to own the house. 

"When my father was released from jail, he got lost first before he was directed to where we live. And from then onwards, he was trying to get information about who was on the title deed till his fateful death.

"My was not that close to her father, she can't even say she went to see him in Rustenburg and how did they change the papers because the owner of the house is still alive, and she doesn't know where her father lived in Rustenburg.

"She is not on the title deed. If she was, she would've told us long time ago. She is just taking advantage because my grandmother is old and that is the way she got away with this purchase," he says. 

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They are currently searching for his cousin. His grandmother was taken to social development offices and Israel says they have no idea where to find her.

“We are currently looking for my cousin who is said to be in Orange Farm to come and fix this whole mess so that my grandmother can come back home.

"I am so confused and stressed now because this new owner is her cousin from her mother’s side and is not a nice person. He put my grandmother through this and is not even remorseful about his behaviour.

"I spent the whole night yesterday here at the gate next to my granny’s belonging and didn’t have time to even open a case.

"I need someone from my family to come to look after the things while I open a case and go see my grandmother, because we are told that she was taken by people from social services.”

Israel says they do not have any idea where their grandmother is at and how she is right now.

The family hasn't received any updates on her location and he's worried that if something happens to her, they won't know where to find her. 

The new owner tells Drum he doesn't want to talk yet, he wants to sort out the issue and will then share his story.

Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo says this is a civil matter and the only way the family they can deal with the matter is to go to court. 

Repeated attempts to get hold of the cousin, whose name is known to Drum, were unsuccesful. 

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