EMLM hands out ti­tle deeds

The Rep - - NEWS - ANDISA BONANI

ENOCH Mgi­jima Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­ec­u­tive mayor Lindiwe Gunuza-Nk­wen­stha and Hu­man Set­tle­ments man­ager, Liseka Bam handed over ti­tle deeds of RDP houses to com­mu­nity mem­bers last Thurs­day at the Mzingisi Skhweyiya com­mu­nity hall in Mlungisi.

Gunuza-Nk­wentsha said com­mu­ni­ties had been com­plain­ing about the own­er­ship of their houses for a long time and that it was “high time” for peo­ple to get the as­sur­ance that the houses they lived in were their homes for­ever.

“We are here to­day to give the peo­ple of our com­mu­ni­ties their dig­nity back by giv­ing them tan­gi­ble proof of own­er­ship of their homes.

“We re­alised that the lack of dis­tri­bu­tion of ti­tle deeds to the peo­ple has caused a rift in many fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially in a sit­u­a­tion where the owner of the house had died.”

She said the lo­cal author­ity had to deal with sit­u­a­tions where a fam­ily mem­ber would sell the house with­out the con­sent of other rel­a­tives.

“Now we want to en­sure that all the ben­e­fi­cia­ries’ names ap­pear on the fam­ily file to curb the unau­tho­rised sale of houses and pre­vent fam­ily tiffs.”

While 200 ti­tle deeds, which were meant for peo­ple from Bhong­weni, Nku­l­ulek­weni, Thula Ndivile and R and T sec­tions, were brought to the event, only three could be handed over.

Bam at­trib­uted the bad turnout of ti­tle deed re­cip­i­ents to the weather, urg­ing those who were present at the hand-over to in­form other ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

Ti­tle deed re­cip­i­ent Ntombi­zodwa Guga said she was happy to have her ti­tle deed.

“I now have proof of own­er­ship of my home. The house is my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren’s legacy that I will leave for them when I die.”

Com­mu­nity mem­ber Khany­iswa Class from Mbengo asked Gunuza-Nkentsha about a house that be­longed to her late grand­fa­ther and had been sold with­out the fam­ily’s con­sent. She wanted to know how she could get it back.

The mayor in­di­cated that such prob­lems should be re­ported to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s hu­man set­tle­ments depart­ment.

Gunuza-Nk­wentsha said the de­lays in the hand-over were due to a mix-up when ti­tle deeds be­long­ing to a par­tic­u­lar mu­nic­i­pal­ity had been sent to another.

“Ti­tle deeds these days don’t take long so the next batch of peo­ple who have ap­plied will re­ceive them as soon as they get their houses.”

Pic­ture: ANDISA BONANI

HAPPY DAY: The re­cip­i­ents show off their ti­tle deeds af­ter the hand-over with, from left, Ntombi­zodwa Guga, Lindiwe Gunuza-Nk­wentsha, Vi­o­let Guga and Nkokheli Jokozela

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