Emfuleni Local Municipality residents are in desperate need of title deeds and the uncaring ANC-led Emfuleni Local Municipality administration has issued only 684 title deeds over the past 6 years.
The residents who have been occupying the RDP houses for many decades have nothing to show as a security of tenure.
The title deeds would enable residents who are rightful owners of the houses to be able to leave their property to their children or spouse in the event of death, reducing conflict and contestation.
In a reply to the DA’s questions in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, the Gauteng Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements MEC, Paul Mashatile revealed that 684 title deeds have been issued in Emfuleni Local Municipality in the last five financial years:
|None||None||Title deeds issued: 208||Title deeds issued: 274||Title deeds issued: 202|
This is yet another sad story of the ANC-led administration in Emfuleni as it continues to undermine the importance of issuing title deeds to its residents.
The title deed is often seen as an asset against which homeowners can raise secured financing. The other benefit of owning a title deed is that the owners will be able to extend their houses and know that the property will remain theirs.
According to the MEC, the backlog of title deeds has been increasing every financial year. In 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 there was 0% backlog ,in 2013/2014 the backlog was 96% , in 2014/2015 the backlog was 95% and in 2015/ 2016 the backlog was 97%.
The MEC shifts the blame of their slow process in delivering title deeds to residents on the slow response by home-owners to collect their title deeds.
Furthermore, the MEC blames the delays on their corrupt housing allocation system, highlighting that illegal occupants of the houses are an additional challenge.
Since the DA-led coalition took over the City of Johannesburg, we have delivered over 2000 title deeds to some of the city’s previously forgotten people. In the City of Tshwane, we have delivered over 2804 title deeds to our residents and will strive to deliver a total of 6000 in this financial year (2017/18).
The DA cares for its residents and we are giving our people the dignity of ownership of a home that can be passed on to their children.
We will continue to engage MEC Mashatile to ensure that the process of issuing title deeds in Emfuleni is accelerated.