By Thembela Ntongana
“Administrative error” has left 37 households in Imizamo Yethu sitting for 13 years with title deeds but no houses.
“I get water bills, but I live in an informal settlement,” says 58-year-old Lungiswa Mahashe.
She received a title deed to a house in March 2005. But 13 years later, she is still in a shack and does not know if she will ever get a house. Mahashe lives with her husband, two children and six grandchildren in a three-room shack. She has lived in Imizamo Yethu for 27 years.
“People that used to be my neighbours are living in their houses but I am not, and no one is doing anything about it … Most days I go past what could have been my house but someone else is living it, and no one can explain to me how it happened,” says Mahashe.
Veliswa Nkopha also has a title deed, but with her ID number and someone else’s name. She says the City of Cape Town told her she should fix the problem at the Department of Home Affairs as perhaps more than one person had her ID number. Home Affairs told her the ID number is in her name and there is nobody else with that number.
“I just do not know what this means. Does it mean I will never get a house because someone else is living in mine?” asked Nkopha.