M’well eviction row boils over

Leonie Wagner

AT least 465 families from Motherwell in Port Elizabeth fear losing their homes as a result of a 13- year dispute over the ownership of the houses they have lived in for more than two decades.

The livid homeowners are being threatened with eviction by housing financier Hlano Financial Services.

Many of them stopped paying 12 years into their 20-year bond repayments when the financing company changed hands and the new owners allegedly demanded they repay their loans from the start.

Others also stopped paying after losing their jobs and questioned why they should be evicted from homes subsidised by the state.

The residents have written letters appealing for help to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Bhisho and the Office of the President, all to no avail.

The 700 houses were built from a R20-million trust set up by the apartheid government in 1988, intended for people earning up to R1500 a month.

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