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Woman says ward councillor destroyed her house and gave stand to other people

By Nomaswazi Nkosi | Sep 17, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 7 ]

An elderly West Rand woman says she has been left homeless after her five-roomed house was demolished on the instruction of the area's ward councillor while she was visiting her family in KwaZulu-Natal.

Thabile Mshuqwana of Tshepisong in Kagiso said she returned in July after her two-month trip to find three shacks on the stand where her brick house used to be.

"When I came back I found other people had built shacks where my house used to be," she said.

Mshuqwana, 65, said she inherited the house in the Ebumnandini informal settlement when her son passed away in January last year.

She owned the five-room brick house and had let out a two-room house next door.

Her tenant, Asanda Mnyaka, said he was at work when the demolition took place. He said when he came back there was rubble in place of the house and Mshuqwana's belongings had been taken.

A neighbour, Solomon Sithole, said he was there when the ward councillor and his colleagues came with a bulldozer to demolish the house.

One of the people who have built their shacks on the stand - and spoke on condition of anonymity - said he and a few other families were told to vacate their homes because a school was to be built on the land where they lived.

He said there were about 15 people who had to move to make way for the school.

He also said it was the ward councillor who had found the stand for them.

"We were told we should demolish the house and I personally refused," he said.

The ward councillor, Zama Nqayi, said the stand did not belong to Mshuqwana but to the municipality.

He said the house Mshuqwana claimed to have lived in was not a house, but a garage. He said she in fact did not live there and had a house elsewhere, which Mshuqwana denied.

Nqayi said Mshuqwana was being influenced by people who were politicising the situation. He also confirmed that the people who now occupied the stand were asked to vacate their previous homes because the area was being developed.

Mshuqwana opened a case of theft and malicious damage to property against Nqayi.

- nkosin@sowetan.co.za

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A neighbour, Solomon Sithole, said he was there when the ward councillor and his colleagues came with a bulldozer to demolish the house
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People shall govern sorry Gogo this is what you have voted for

Sep 17, 2012 10:57 | 0 replies

Whats happening in KZN nowadays?

Sep 17, 2012 12:47 | 0 replies

Kabelo10
Whats happening in KZN nowadays?
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READ THE ARTICLE AGAIN BOSS.

Sep 17, 2012 1:12 | 0 replies

@Kabelo, this didnt happen in KZN but in West Rand (Kagiso) in Gauteng, the lady in the article had visited KZN when her house got demolished...

Sep 17, 2012 1:14 | 0 replies

That means the councilor wante to sleep with her and she denied, so she has to pay for that, sis councilor you must be ashamed of yourself.

Sep 17, 2012 3:29 | 0 replies

You see gogo, next time you should vote wisely-:)

Sep 17, 2012 3:38 | 0 replies

The truth is out there somewhere. Did this this gogo go squatting in an abandoned garage and claim it as her own. Who builds a 5 bedroomed house in an informal settlement. Anyway the councillor was callous in just demolishing the place. And how come he is acting so decisively - was the old land needed by his connections?

Sep 17, 2012 5:20 | 0 replies