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Rose's world shaken by RDP house tussle

By unknown | Aug 01, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Rose Phepiso thought she was living peacefully after having been allocated an RDP house at Orange Farm in the Vaal 10 years ago.

Now a school teacher is demanding that Phepiso move out or pay him R75000 for the house he says belongs to him.

Phepiso, 47, a mother of four, said she applied for the house in 1996.

"I was allocated the house in 1998. It was brand new and no one was living in it," she said.

Her problems started when Alfred Mkosana, a private school teacher, visited her and claimed that the house was his.

Phepiso said she went to the authorities, who told her that Mkosana's application for a house had been cancelled because he did not qualify for an RDP [reconstruction and development] house. According to the department of housing, an applicant has to earn less than R3500 a month to qualify.

"He [Mkosana] came back last month and gave me a letter from the Legal Aid Board that said I should vacate the house at the end of July," said a worried Phepiso.

Jeff Bopape, of the Legal Aid Board, said Mkosana's case had been sent to the Gauteng department of housing.

"He did not meet the requirements for aid from us. The letter he gave to Phepiso is not an order but a note to her to be aware of the circumstances. The matter is out of our hands, and with the department," Bopape said.

Mkosana said yesterday that he had applied for a house 10 years ago and was given the same house that Phepiso occupies.

"I am a teacher but my post is temporary. I don't have a place to stay and was told by the department [of housing] they would find a house for Phepiso so that I can move in," said Mkosana.

Aviva Manqa, of the department of housing, said: "We will gather all the facts and investigate. If we find something untoward it will be referred to our internal anti-corruption unit."


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