Residents vow to fight
A SHOWDOWN is looming between the Merafong City local municipality on the West Rand and residents of Khutsong over the allocation of RDP houses.
Some residents have moved into houses in the township's new low-cost housing development section, saying they are frustrated by the council's failure to hand the houses over more than a year after they were completed.
Armed with approval letters from the council, others have moved into unfinished houses, saying the houses have been left like that for a long time.
The Gauteng department of local government and housing allocated more than R200-million for the construction of 5500 housing units in the Khutsong South Extension Housing Project.
Department spokesman Motsamai Motlhaolwa said 1588 houses have been completed to date and the project would be completed in April 2013.
He said the department knew people had moved in without being handed the keys by the council and the police were investigating such cases.
The residents vowed to fight any move to evict them .
Local community development worker Steve Mbesi said people moved in because of frustration.
"Police should expect a showdown should they come to the area to evict people," Mbesi said.
"They have been sent from pillar to post on enquiring about the handing over of the houses .
"They have approval letters from Merafong indicating stand numbers corresponding with their details."
Sustjie Colani said she moved into "her" house in February.
"I used to come to inspect the house as it was being built," she said. "It was finished in August (last year).
"I went to the council after I realised it was being vandalised. The officials promised they would fix it but that has not happened."
The vendor said she applied for the house in 2003.
Masechaba Katiba said she applied for a house in 1996. She met Sowetan at the house with an approval letter from Merafong confirming that the stand was hers. The letter stated that her application was approved in 2007. - email@example.com