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Joy as Mayor hands over title deeds
​(Right) Mayor Zandile Gumede and Human Settlements and
Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Councillor Mondli
Mthembu flanked by housing beneficiaries who received
their title deeds at Inanda on 3 December. Mayor Gumede
also warned beneficiaries to refrain from selling government
houses. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE
MAYOR Zandile Gumede has issued a stern warning to beneficiaries of government houses to refrain from selling these properties. Mayor Gumede was speaking during a handover of 1000 title deeds to government housing beneficiaries on 3 December at Inanda and Quarry Heights.

She said selling government houses is against the law and poses a challenge during the issuing of title deeds. “Through providing housing, government aims to restore people’s dignity and to transform lives. We strive in housing delivery and we urge beneficiaries to take pride in their properties. I highly condemn selling of government housing, it is illegal. If government has issued a house to you, you cannot put it on the market for selling,” said Mayor Gumede.

Beneficiaries that sell their houses, she warned, cannot benefit from another housing project in South Africa because the Department Human Settlements uses one system called the Housing Subsidy System (HSS). This system records the information which is available to any administrator working in the department irrespective of province. Mayor Gumede said people who buy government houses from beneficiaries must be aware that the title deed is issued in the name of the person whom the house was handed over to.

The transaction between the beneficiary and the purchaser is not recognised. The City’s Human
Settlements Unit is working with the City’s Integrity and Investigations Unit to deal with fraudulent activities in all housing projects. Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Councillor Mondli Mthembu said there are plans to establish a team that will conduct door to door verifications of government housing ownership. Title deed beneficiary Petro Ndlovu said: “I am proud to be an eThekwini resident and a beneficiary of government housing,” he said.

silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za 
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