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'I'm stuck in a shack while somebody occupies my stand'

By unknown | Sep 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Vusi Ndlovu

Vusi Ndlovu

First his stand was allocated to somebody else because of corruption in the Gauteng department of housing and Ekurhuleni metro council.

Then, last week, they told him to reapply and get back into the queue with all the other new applicants.

Now Titus Modika is furious because he does not know how many people are on the waiting list, and when another RDP house will be allocated to him.

"I don't know what to do now," Modika said. It's ridiculous. "The stand officially belongs to me."

Modika, 46, of the Winnie Mandela informal settlement outside Tembisa, said this week that the national Department of Housing told him he would never get another opportunity for a low-cost government house because he had already been allocated one at the nearby Tswelopele Ex 5, a new settlement.

He applied for the house in 1998 and it was approved in 2000 when he was given a R15000 subsidy.

"I don't know what to do now," he said. "I am stuck in a shack while somebody is occupying my stand.

"The national office says I cannot get another house because I have a stand with a tap and toilet. All they need is to build my house."

The website of the Department of Housing shows that stand 1046A, Tswelopele, Tembisa, is registered to Modika.

Sina Mokgoloshi, who also claims that the stand belongs to her, yesterday challenged Modika and Sowetan to meet her at the local municipal office where she claims she got the house.

She produced a hand-written document with a stamp from the local office.

She has built rows of seven rental rooms and four shacks. She refused to divulge how much she charges for each room or shack.

"They told Titus the stand does not belong to him," she said. "If you want to know more about the matter let us meet at the office during the week. Titus must also be present."

Sowetan published a series of stories last year detailing how hundreds of aspirant homeowners in the same area were forced to live in squalor while their stands or houses were occupied by other people.

Gauteng department of housing spokesman Aviva Manqa said they would investigate the matter, but warned that allocating houses was the responsibility of the government and municipality.

"There is no councillor or politician who is tasked to allocate houses," Manqa said. "It is the task of the government in consultation with the municipality."

Sowetan yesterday accompanied Modika to the local housing office. We were referred to the local administration office, where an official printed out the stand's municipal billing statement.

The statement indicated that the stand belongs to the Ekurhuleni municipality.

Officials referred us to another local municipal office where Modika, using the billing statement as proof of residence, asked for a letter so that he could open a bank account. The official refused to issue the letter, saying the stand did not belong to Modika.


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