Port Elizabeth - The Eastern Cape department of Human settlement representatives visited ward41 yesterday as part of the department’s action plan of getting these residents of more than five years their tittle deeds.
Ward 41 councillor Simphiwe Tyukana organised a mass meeting with the Professional housing support team and the Joe Slovo residents regarding issues affecting housing in the area. Gathered at a hall in Joe Slovo, the residents have stayed in the area for more than five years after receiving houses from government and have since not had their housing deeds, and the housing team from the human settlements provincial offices promised them the house ownership confirmation papers later in the year.
The housing support team members have clarified their role as the housing branch of the human settlement department and have begged on the residents to work with them. Former New Brighton councillor and now Professional housing support member Jimmy Tutu and colleague Wandisile Jikeka said they will be working closely with the Eastern Cape MEC for Human settlement Mlungisi Mvoko in tabling action after that gathering. The team said the tittle deed issue has been a major problem for a very long time and that they are willing and ready to make things right. Jikeka cited a few more problems they are facing and some of which are causing a backlock precisely in the issuing of tittle deeds in the Eastern Cape. He said the fact that people do not know how housing goes, is a problem, specifically with owning different shacks that are later turned into brick subsidy government houses. He said people owning different houses are causing the department to waste a lot of money on budgeting on more houses than the actual number there should have been budgeted for.
“Corruption eradication is not our main objective of being here, but we know a lot of corruption will be discovered in the operation” Jikeka said. He added that there will be a door-to-door operation that the department will embark on before issuing the tittle deeds. Residents will be asked questions about the houses they live in, precisely those that do not have tittle deeds or ones that are still with the department. However, MadibazRadio had learned from the gathering that a similar process had been done by other members of the community together with a person referred to by the community members as “Comrade Lawu”, but that operation had not gone any further. Community
members said they had anticipated the results of the comrade Lawu operation but nothing came out of it, they are now pleading with the professional housing support team to come back with accurate feedback and progress report.