UPDATE: Mamelodi man says house sale legit

Rosemary Ika together, her daughter Winnie and son Tsholofelo standing in front of the house they insist belongs to their mother.

A Mamelodi businessman has denied he fraudulently sold a house belonging to a poor family in Mamelodi East Extension 4.

John Oda Sefiri Kgomotso Masemola said a quick deed search could reveal the property was never registered to anybody with the name Ika.

Recently Rosemary Ika had told Rekord her house had been sold even though she had never put it on the market “so this must be a fraudulent sale”, she had concluded.

She said she had been evicted by security company Red Ants, and her furniture left in the street but angry local residents had taken her furniture back into the house promising to resist the eviction with her despite a court order authorising it.

Masemola said the story Ika had told to Rekord had painted him in a bad light, false and had put his and his family’s lives in danger.

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“I have had to move my family to a suburb after it was attacked by the group following the publication of the story that I was illegally evicting people. I was also attacked five times and nearly killed. My skull cracked when my attackers hit me with rocks.”

Masemola said the truth was that the family had been offered the property for R70 000 and the agent had advised them to apply for a state housing subsidy if they could not afford that purchase price.

He said the agent had told them the house was marked down because its market value was, in fact, R250 000.

He said the family had illegally taken occupation of the house thinking it was a government giveaway when in fact it had belonged to a private company.

“Having illegally occupied the house, the family also failed to pay for water, refuse removal and electricity forcing the owner to service these bills while the family lived free of charge.”

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He said the owner had never enjoyed any benefit from owning the property because the family had not even paid rent.

“Currently the family owes the municipality R128 000 in unpaid bills.

They have never paid for any municipal service.”

He said the owner feared a community backlash if the family was evicted so paid the bills.

“The owner eventually could not afford to carry the family occupying the property without consent and unwilling to buy the house so put it on the market.

The owner made efforts to convince the family to buy the house but they were given bad advice by some residents who said this was an RDP house, and belonged to the government.”

He said the current owners, the Malekas, legally purchased the house on the open market and were entitled to take occupation.

“So the Malekas applied for an eviction order which was defended by the family.

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When the family lost the case, the court had given them six months to vacate the house but instead they had sought the protection of an anti-eviction community group and political parties.

“The family lost because it could not prove it had owned the house and was ultimately evicted but illegally re-occupied the house with the help of the vigilante group and a well-known political party.”

Masemola said there was nothing “illegal” about the sale and transfer of the property or the eviction order of court.

“The community needs to be educated that properties registered in the name of SA Housing Trust or its subsidiary companies Nu-Way Housing Development and Hlano Housing were not government sponsored RDPs.”

But Ika’s daughter, Winnie vowed the family would remain in the house and was going nowhere.

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Stephen Selaluke
Mamelodi journalist

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