Vacant land illegally sold and occupied in Umlazi
There is an increase in the number of people illegally selling vacant land in Umlazi Township, South of Durban after the murder of ward 84 Councillor Bhekithemba Phungula.
A 37 year old woman, Mahlengi Ndaba, is one of the victims that lost R75 000 after buying vacant land. “I have been living with my siblings for years so I bought the land because I wanted to build my own house and become an independent woman,” she said.
In early July, Ndaba was sold vacant land by someone that was suggested by a friend. “I knew Phumzile through a friend and she said she was selling her vacant land in Umlazi,” she said.
Ndaba said they went to view the land, agreed on the price and the deal was sealed. “I then gathered building material for the construction that was going to take place at the plot. When it was delivered we noticed that a one room house had been built at the land I bought,” she said.
“I was confused because someone I did not know had been living on my land. After having a discussion, the lady and I realised that we were sold the same land by Phumzile,” said Ndaba.
She further said Phumzile changed her cell phone number and has moved out from the house she lived in.
“I did open a case against Phumzile because it is painful that I have lost my money,” she added.
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