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Government tackles illegal sale of RDP houses

The move comes in the wake of a surge in low cost houses being advertised on social media.

FILE: RDP house ready to be handed over to the owner in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Human Settlements Department says it is tightening its processes to prevent the illegal sale of government subsidized homes.

This comes in the wake of a surge in low cost houses being advertised on social media.

Among its proposed measures, the department is considering endorsed title deeds and introducing biometric systems as ownership verification.

The department's Ndivhuwo Mabaya says: “One of the things that the lawyers are working on is to endorse the title deed. So, you’ll not be able to transfer the title deed because it’ll be endorsed.

“We’re ensuring that municipalities educate people on the importance of property, while encouraging the people to see why they need to keep their property for as long as they can.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)