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'Someone's occupying my house'

Jan 26, 2012 | Frank Maponya |   58 comments

Occupant allegedly told her he had bought the house from a municipal official for R3,000

OUT IN THE COLD: Shereen Mphahlele, 30, of Lebowakgomo, Limpopo, stands in front of her RDP house in Zone F, which was allegedly sold to a taxi driver for R3000. PHOTO: FRANK MAPONYA

A LIMPOPO woman is unable to move into her RDP house because it has been illegally sold to another person.

Shereen Mphahlele said she had applied for the house in 2008 at the Lepelle-Nkumpi municipality in Lebowakgomo. The house was allocated to her and registered in her name without her knowledge.

Mphahlele said she would call the municipal offices to enquire about her house and was told it had not yet been built.

She said she only discovered what had happened about the house when she met another woman who had been at the municipality when they both applied for houses.

"When the woman told me she was already living in her own house I decided to go to the municipal offices to find out [what was going on]," Mphahlele said.

She said records showed that a house had already been allocated to her and that the municipality was under the impression that she had occupied the house.

"I then went out to search for the house using the number allocated to me. I was shocked to discover that someone already occupied the house," she said.

Mphahlele approached the occupant, a taxi driver, who allegedly told her he had bought the house from a municipal official for R3,000.

She said efforts to have the municipality intervene drew a blank. She was sent from pillar to post, without anyone assisting her.

Mphahlele works as a cashier at a furniture store in Lebowakgomo.

"I still cannot understand why I'm being made to suffer while my house exists," she said.

Municipal spokesman Mokgadi Maubane confirmed yesterday that the house belonged to Mphahlele and said the houses were not to be sold.

"We will investigate circumstances that might have led to the selling of the house.

"Any person found to have been responsible will face the law," Maubane said.

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