99-year-old finally registered for a house

Matokelo Taole (99) has finally been registered for a house by the Department of Human Settlements. PHOTO: SEITHATI SEMENOKANE

As the temperature in the city is dropping, 99-year old Matokelo Taole and her family have now been evicted from the land they have been living on for over 20 years. However, the Department of Human Settlements has taken her details and started on the registration process for her to receive her own home.

The municipality moved the Taole’s and three other families to these sites, however, a few years later the families were given a new map, indicating that they had mistakenly been moved to an area earmarked for business development and not for residency.

Bloemfontein Courant previously reported (in our 14 March 2019 issue) regarding the pending eviction of Taole on her 99th birthday, to which the owner of the land, Meshack Moloi, responded that although he had an eviction order dated 4 March 2019, he had not implemented it yet as he was waiting for intervention from the municipality.

On Tuesday 21 May 2019 the families were evicted from the land and had started packing their belongings. “We were told that because they are waiting on a house for the granny they will not remove us yet. So for now, we will pack up and go to the area shown to us by the councillor, where we will then put up our shack,” explained Taole’s daughter, Mpolokeng.

Mpolokeng added that the municipality’s Human Settlements Department was there to help the elderly woman fill in forms so that she could receive a house. “They informed us that the elderly woman did not have to move until they have found a house for her to move into. The police from Kopanong also came to assist with taking her fingerprints for the process. The only issue is that they do not know when this will happen and where this house will be as yet,” she added.

Mangaung spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, previously stated that the matter was investigated by Ntate Letawana, General Manager: Dispute Resolution in the Department of Human Settlements. The recommendation was that the three families should be relocated and provided with alternative sites as they have been verified as indigents.

Ward councillor, Thembisa Nzuzo, said that although they are only at the beginning stages of getting a home for Taole, she was grateful to the land owner as he had been patient with the families so far.

For the moment those who could not find an alternative place to sleep have been sharing the old woman’s shack with her and her family. – Seithati Semenokane seithati@centralmediagroup.co.za