Tsh­wane is eat­ing into deeds back­log

INVASIONS: 890 STRUC­TURES DE­MOL­ISHED IN 3 MONTHS Un­law­ful oc­cu­pa­tion of land brings un­fair­ness to hous­ing process, says city.

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS - Rorisang Kgosana ror­isangk@cit­i­zen.co.za

The City of Tsh­wane’s hous­ing depart­ment is well on its way in set­tling is­sues of ti­tle deeds and land in­va­sion. Thou­sands of peo­ple have re­ceived ti­tle deeds, while scores of il­le­gally erected struc­tures were de­mol­ished.

A to­tal of 2 804 fam­i­lies have re­ceived ti­tle deeds since July this year, al­most at the half­way mark to the tar­geted 6 000 ti­tle deeds to be handed over in the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year.

These were in At­teridgeville, Olieven­hout­bosch, Win­ter­veldt, Cul­li­nan and, re­cently, Mamelodi, where 705 res­i­dents re­ceived their ti­tle deeds last month.

“We’ve al­most reached the half­way point within the first quar­ter of the 2017-18 year, which started in July. The process to trans­fer more ti­tle deeds is still un­der­way,” may­oral spokesper­son Sam Mgob­ozi said yes­ter­day.

In the first quar­ter of the fi­nan­cial year, the DA-led mul­ti­party ad­min­is­tra­tion de­mol­ished 890 un­law­ful struc­tures af­ter re­ceiv­ing 1 662 com­plaints of land in­va­sion since July. The fig­ure con­trib­utes to the to­tal 3 161 de­mol­ished struc­tures since Jan­uary, a large drop from the to­tal 4 406 land in­va­sion com­plaints through­out the city.

“In so do­ing, we have iden­ti­fied land parcels to move our res­i­dents, ei­ther to tem­po­rary ser­viced stands or per­mit dwellings, pur­suant to leg­is­la­tion gov­ern­ing evic­tions. Specif­i­cally, be­tween Jan­uary and June 2017, 2 744 com­plaints of land invasions were at­tended to and 2 271 of those struc­tures de­mol­ished.”

But not all land invasions could be dealt with as some of the land was owned by other spheres of gov­ern­ment or pri­vate own­ers, com­pli­cat­ing the process, Mgob­ozi ex­plained.

He said the un­law­ful oc­cu­pa­tion of land only ag­gra­vated hard­ship down the line as it dis­torted the hous­ing back­log, bring­ing un­fair­ness to those who have pa­tiently waited since as far as back as 1998.

“The spate of land invasions and the vi­o­lent na­ture in which they man­i­fest is to be con­demned. As such, we call on res­i­dents not to al­low them­selves to be used as po­lit­i­cal pawns for an ANC in Tsh­wane that can­not ac­cept its elec­toral de­feat,” said Mgob­ozi.

“We en­cour­age them to work to­gether with the new ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­sure that all el­i­gi­ble peo­ple get ac­cess to the hous­ing they re­quire, and not just the con­nected few.” –

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