Lawyers to help gran get her house back

A Johannesburg law firm has stepped in to help Tshinakaho Khavhatondwi, 100, get her house back from a tenant who allegedly kicked her out.

A Johannesburg law firm has stepped in to help Tshinakaho Khavhatondwi, 100, get her house back from a tenant who allegedly kicked her out.

Last Thursday Sowetan reported on the elderly woman's plight. She was on the verge of losing her house to a tenant who claimed to have bought it from her daughter.

Given Mulaudzi, of law firm Makakavhule & Associates, and Steven Ngobeni of the Human Rights Commission have offered to help her reclaim her house.

Khavhatondwi has been living in a shack on the property in Tshiawelo, Soweto, after her tenant, Samuel Hlengani Sithole, allegedly kicked her out, claiming to have bought the house from her for R6000.

It later turned out that the elderly woman's daughter received money from Sithole, though there is a dispute about what the money was for.

Khavhatondwi had lived in the house since the 1960s.

Mulaudzi offered to provide free legal service to Khavhatondwi to help her get the house back.

"We will start preparing documents on this matter as soon as possible. What this man did was illegal. We will represent the woman free of charge and ensure that she gets her house back," he said.

Ngobeni said the HRC would visit Khavhatondwi and Sithole next week to try and resolve the matter.

"She is not going to lose her house. Sithole must move out immediately because that house does not belong to him. The daughter cannot sell a house that does not belong to her," he said.

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