Temong housing issues ‘under control’

Abel Mgwenya, a resident and sectional committee member of Temong Section.

Temong sectional committee member Abel Mgwenya has disputed the allegation made by the Democratic Alliance (DA) PR Clr Bongani Nkosi that the government is beating around the bush with regards to the issuing of title deeds to service stand owners.

Mgwenya said since they were allocated to Temong Section, which is divided into two portions, 630 and 1146, by the developer Wietpro Housing Projects deployed by the government, they’ve never gone through housing problems.

Mgwenya emphasised residents of Temong Section are working hand in hand with their local Ward Seven councillor on the issues of service delivery during public meetings.

“Temong has a well-structured ward, sectional and street committee and it is a pity because during our public meetings we never saw a DA councillor attending the meetings. We do not know Nkosi in our section and I believe he knows nothing about the issues that we are currently discussing,” said Mgwenya.

He said Nkosi should not confuse the residents of Temong.

“Many residents got their title deeds while other title deeds were with the developer. We have the list of those beneficiaries.

“Regarding the stands sold unlawfully by government, I think this is a case for the police and not just to comment about corruption.

“At Temong we don’t have waiting lists because we were all allocated from the squatter camp of Madelakufa in 1994,” added Mgwenya.

“We are planning a meeting with our ward councillor, human settlement officials, finance officials and the conveyancer at Tembisa Civic Centre. I am not protecting anybody in this matter but we are working hard to get things done properly.

“We as the leaders of the section are representing the community, not an individual. When we call meetings, residents come in numbers and raise their concerns. We are looking forward to getting everything in place,” said Mgwenya.

Meanwhile, Nkosi has recently released a statement to the paper saying that it has been 20 years and still no houses for Temong residents.

“Why is it so difficult for the government to issue title deeds to people they gave service stands to as far back as 1996?

“Numerous meetings have been held by government officials, where residents have been promised their title deeds, but nothing has materialised. Residents were promised they would receive their title deeds before August 2016.

“To date, not a single resident has received his or her title deed. It is clear the promises were only vote- garnering exercises for the governing party, as these title deed meetings often take place around the time of local government elections.

“Is it because some of the stands were sold to people who were not even on the waiting list of beneficiaries? “Subsequently, residents do not trust the credibility of the RDP housing allocation,” Nkosi said.

“People’s houses, which should be in the possession of families for generations, were sold by government officials. They have papers that prove their houses were built in certain areas but other people are staying in those houses.

“Our people in the community who registered for housing over 20 years ago are still on the waiting list. The very same people have lost hope – that is why we have constant service delivery marches. Money has corrupted our nation.

“On the ground, residents are incredibly frustrated as many of them registered for housing as far back as 1991 but hundreds and thousands of them are still without proper housing and have been forced to resort to shack dwelling. When attempting to get a response from the Department of Human Settlements about their application, residents continue being sent from pillar to post,” said Nkosi.

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Malebo Tseke
Journalist

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