Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane on Tuessday reassured the public that student l.
Michael Maitse's five-year anxiety ended last Friday when he received his title deed, thanks to Consumer Line.
Maitse bought a house for R80000 through Hlano Financial Services in 1998 and paid if off in 2003. The money was paid from his salary in monthly instalments of R582.
He was told that he would receive his title deed in three months, but five years later he had still not received it.
A grateful Maitse said after receiving the title deed: "I've had sleepless nights for five years and now ketlo robala boroko (I will now sleep easy)."
He said that each time he enquired about the title deed at Hlano in Vereeni- ging, he was given the run-around.
"I had given up hope that I would ever get my title deed," said Maitse.
Rob Worthington of Hlano Financial Services arranged for Maitse's title deed to be collected from their Vereeniging Customer Service Centre, only a few hours after Consumer Line had contacted him.
He did not explain the long delay but gave home buyers the following tips:
l When property is purchased, other than on an instalment-sales basis, ownership passes on immediately and the proof of ownership is not dependent on the release of or possession of the title deed;
l An unencumbered title deed must be kept in a safe place at all times;
l Title deeds should not be given to anyone or be used as security for short-term loans, for example micro-loans.