However, Lombard said the municipality had blocked the application process. He said there was a water pipeline running through the property which the municipality must register before the application process can be completed.
Lombard said officials informed him that the municipality does not have the money to register the pipeline which was standing in the way.
“We offered to do it for them and we are still waiting for feedback. The municipality is blocking us,” he said.
When asked why he allowed people to continue building houses on the property knowing that it had not been approved as a township, he refused to answer further questions and hung up the phone.
La Cante responded to the allegations, saying people who were accusing her of tricking them into dodgy deals were lying.
She said those whose contracts were cancelled after failing to pay the full amounts for the stands were paid back their deposits.
When approached for comment on Tuesday, La Cante stood at her gate and told the Sowetan team to “F***ck off” while refusing to respond to questions.
However, yesterday she apologised for the insults.
“I’m extremely sorry for my rudeness and the swearing. It was wrong from my side,” she said.
Both La Cante and Lombard had met with members of the community yesterday morning to discuss the issues.
Some residents who spoke to Sowetan had complained that they were promised that the area would be proclaimed a township when they bought stands.
Others have even resorted to illegally connecting electricity. They also struggle with water and sanitation because there is no sewage drainage system on the property.