CT moves to resolve Hout Bay housing allocation blunder

At least 15 families say despite qualifying for subsidised government homes, have been unable to move in.

FILE: A sign welcoming visitors to Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says it has made funding available and has appointed a conveyancer to resolve a housing allocation blunder in Hout Bay.

In a written response to Eyewitness News, officials say they are aware of the issues surrounding the low cost housing development in Imizamo Yethu.

At least 15 families say despite qualifying for subsidised government homes, they have been unable to move in because the units have been reallocated.

Human Settlements Mayoral Committee member Benedicta van Minnen says the city is repackaging the Imizamo Yethu housing project to ensure those who have not benefitted receive houses and the project can be concluded.

Fifteen title deed holders have told EWN they believe their homes were sold to others for between R6,000 and R8,000.

The city has dismissed the claims.

It says in most cases the occupants in the homes were deserving even though they did not receive the title deeds as they should have.

Van Minnen is hopeful the appointed conveyancer can begin rectifying the situation in the coming days.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)