R16,000 goes down the drain
A WOMAN has lost R16,000 paying for services incurred at an RDP house she does not occupy.
Sylvia Mogali of Zithobeni township in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, said the City of Tshwane, her employer, has since January been deducting R4,000 from her salary for an accrued water and electricity bill.
Mogali was unemployed when she applied for the RDP house while staying at a hostel.
"In 2000, I applied for an RDP house which was allocated the following year.
"But when I went to the house on Makhubedu Street in Extension 2, I found another person already occupying the house.
"They gave me a title deed, but the man in the house insisted it was his," she said.
The Public Protector ordered that she take ownership of the house and that the council find alternative accommodation for the illegal occupants.
"So far nothing has happened. I lived in a back-yard shack at my parents' house," Mogali said.
She found a clerical job with the City of Tshwane in 2005 and bought a house of her own in 2007.
But, from January this year the council started deducting money from her salary.
Mogali said the council had promised to look into the matter.
The City of Tshwane could not explain why the house was given to the other family and why the Public Protector's recommendations were ignored.
The city's Brenda Mpitsang said: "We have informed the financial services department of Ms Sylvia Mogali' s predicament for a possible relief." - firstname.lastname@example.org