Dad puts women in the street
TWO Soweto women have been left homeless after their father allegedly sold their home without their knowledge.
The pair's father, Jabulani Mhlungu, 75, sold the house after getting married to a next door neighbour.
It has been three weeks since the Mokwa family of Killarney, Soweto, was evicted from their home.
Red Ants raided the home of Mariah Mokwa and Portia Matthews where they lived with their children. Mokwa said the house belonged to their grandparents and her father gained ownership of the house following their death.
"The house belonged to my grandparents but my father had the title deed though he did not live with us," Mokwa said.
According to Mokwa her father sold the house to Owen Kumalo.
"Kumalo has been harassing us and even had us arrested for trespassing in our own home," she said.
Kumalo said he had full ownership of the property.
Police spokesman Constable Sibusiso Chauke said: "According to the docket recorded on March 22 the current owner of the house, Gordan Tlotlang Kumalo (Owen's brother), opened a case of trespassing. The Meadowlands court instructed us to arrest the residents for trespassing," Chauke said.
As a result the Mokwa family now find themselves shacking up outside their home in a cardbox shack.
"We have been living like this for three weeks. Our entire luggage is lying around since we have nowhere else to store it," Matthews said.
The frustrated women were left stunned when they found out from the housing department that according to documents shown them their father had sold the house in July 2011.
Housing department spokesman Motsamai Mothlaolwa said they would investigate the issue to establish the rightful owner of the house.
Expert Roy Bergman, who deals with family law matters, said: "The only way the family can get to access their home is to fight this matter in court. When there are documents proving that the house belongs to the new owner, they need to supply supporting documents proving that the house is a family house."
Mhlungu declined to comment.
Mokwa said she was concerned about not having a lawyer to represent them in court on May 15.