NGWENYA HIGHWAY OWNERSHIP DISPUTE
Is someone sleeping on the job? 18 years later, the government still does not in wholly own the Ngwenya highway also known as the MR3. The Ngwenya highway was constructed back in 1999; it was built by government under the ministry of public works and transport.
Information gathering by this publication was that government is still at loggerheads with some of the ‘old citizens’ of Ngwenya Village.
The bone of contention is some citizens are not willing to surrender their old title deeds to the municipality so they can be given new ones that are in accordance with the current land allocated to them.
The ‘old citizens’ are still holding on to their old title deeds, that has results in them still owning parts of the highway. Even though, it is not clear why they do not want to give up on their old title deeds but information gathered is that they are not happy with the current portion of land allocated to them.
Source said government was still trying to gain full ownership of the road leading to the Ngwenya Border Gate. The road was still registered to be owned by a farmer while in belongs to the state.
Information obtained from a reliable source was that, even where trucks usually park at the border still belongs to a farmer.
This has left government with little or no say at all with some of the daily reality it activities taking place mentioned areas.
Ngwenya Town Clerk, Phumzile Shabalala confirmed that there are some properties that were slashed during the highway’s construction.
“What we know is that the process of re-allocating of land wasn’t finalised. in these afore- The town board and the ministry of public works and transport are currently trying to finalise the issue of land relocating,” Shabalala revealed.
She went on to mention that the process of land relocating will enable government and the affected citizens to rightfully own what really’s theirs. She insisted that government was working tireless, trying to resolve the issue and further encouraged all affected citizens to engage the town board.
“They are ongoing meetings between the town board, ministry of public works and transport and surveyors,” Shabalala revealed.
She disputed claims that some of the citizens were not in possession of title deeds. Mabuza gave a clarification that some were still holding on to old title deeds which include some of the land portions that at present time belong to government.
“It’s not true that they don’t have title deeds but they don’t have title deeds that reflect the current land ownership,” Shabalala clarified.
She also highlighted that this was her second year in office and she had been working around the clock to make sure that all parties reach a mutual agreement. She added that another thing was also causing a delay in solving this issue was that it involves many different government departments.
“It involves the ministry of public works and transport who are the constructors of the road, surveyor general who is responsible of allocating the land and the ministry of housing and urban development because that is where municipalities subscribe to. It also involved the deeds office,” she noted. She said the meetings usually take place but challenges began when one key member is not present. She further encouraged all parties involve to come together and solve this pending issue.
Efforts to get a comment from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport were ineffective.
Principal Secretary, Makhosini Mndawe’s phone rang unanswered while Minister Lindiwe Dlamini when called did not answer but sent a message saying she was in a meeting.