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Bribes paid to housing officials leave rightful Imizamo Yethu residents homeless

At least 73 families from Imizamo Yethu say they've been struggling to secure homes in the area despite having title deeds and other relevant documentation.

Fifteen of the 73 families say the homes they have been allocated are currently occupied by other people illegally.

According to EWN reporter Natalie Malgas these families have been struggling to get anyone to hear them on the matter since 2009. They say the families living in what's meant to be their homes were able to pay R10 000 to jump the queue and secure the houses.

The Masakhane housing project is a community based project responsible for drawing up the beneficiary list and ensuring that these beneficiaries indeed qualify to receive government housing.

Apparently the families living in those houses jumped that list and were able to pay the officials from the community driven project...

Natalie Malgas, EWN reporter

The families who are still without homes say they've been receiving municipal bills between R6 000 and R8 000 even though they haven't incurred these costs.

The City says it's trying to sort out the mixed up and is confident that everything will be fixed by the end of the year.

Listen to Natalie Malgas explain the situation in Imizamo Yethu below:

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