Hundreds of residents of Gauteng townships cheated out of housing
This article first appeared in Groundup.
A 2010 presidential project intended to house shackdwellers in the south of Johannesburg is mired in corruption and wholesale land theft, with hundreds of residents cheated out of houses they paid for.
Those who have attempted to get to the bottom of the theft have been threatened and, in one case, kidnapped.
GroundUp spoke to dozens of residents of Thulamntwana, near Orange Farm, who say they paid up to R25,000 to secure housing units in the township, only to find that the units had been sold to other buyers. They have been trying for four years to get their houses or to get their money back, without success.