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.