Courts are awash with complaints from families of dead property owners evicted from their homes by relatives and speculators wrongfully given title deeds .
Erene Ntsiu was booted out of her grandparents' house in Phiri, Soweto, by her uncle's wife Pauline Maleke. Ntsiu said Maleke had her arrested for trespassing.
"I was sentenced to 12 months in jail. Maleke obtained the title deed while my grandmother was still alive and even had her arrested for trespassing," Ntsiu said.
The problem stems from the days of apartheid when township residents could seldom own their homes. After 1994, the new government decided to give title deeds to residents .
This created an opportunity for many sharp operators who used legal and illegal means to acquire title deeds.