Gauteng housing backlog at 400,000 - Makhura
While the province has delivered close to 1m houses, it sits with a backlog of 400,000.
JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says while the provincial government has delivered almost one million houses, it currently sits with a backlog of 400,000 people waiting to receive title deeds.
Makhura was speaking at his offices in Johannesburg about concerns over land invasion.
Last week, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba accused the African National Congress of being behind recent land grab attempts in areas that the opposition party now governs.
But Makhura responded to the claims, saying land invasions occur everywhere, irrespective of who is in charge.
Makhura says the provincial government has done an audit to assess all the land and assets it owns in efforts to address the rapid growing need for urban space.
He says government has engaged private land owners, particularly of land that lies vacant, about the consequences of land invasion.
Makhura says while his administration has been issuing title deeds since 2014, there is a backlog that is currently being addressed.
"We have a backlog of 400,000 on title deeds, issued by the Deeds Office. We work with all our municipalities, we hammer the Deeds Office."
Makhura says there have been a total of 79 attempted land grabs this year already as compared to last year's 45 incidents.