South Africa 1.4.2014 08:00 am

ANC’s huge title deed issue backlog slammed

FILE PICTURE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Neil McCartney.

FILE PICTURE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Neil McCartney.

The ANC’s policy of handing over title deeds up to eight years after providing Gauteng residents with was at fault and was used as an “electioneering tool”, DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said yesterday.

Maimane, speaking in Jabavu, Soweto, said 220 000 families in the province had not been timeously awarded their title deeds.

“This prevented them from investing in their properties, buying a second property or accessing the R20 billion mortgage finance already issued to title deed holders,” he said.

“In Jabavu 300 families were embroiled in a title deed dispute with the City of Johannesburg, which sought to evict them from land they had occupied for 30 years,” Maimane said.

With elections just over a month away, he pledged that the DA would decrease the backlog. He said the backlog of title deeds issue in the Western Cape had risen to 36% under the ANC, but dropped to 27% “in just one term” under the DA. The DA would also make housing demand databases public to reduce corruption in home allocations.



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