Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba handed title deeds to a grandmother who has been waiting to own her home since 1963 earlier this week (Annah Dikgale, pictured above). Mayor Mashaba says it is the beginning of over 2000 title deeds to be handed over during the next month, extending property rights to thousands who have been waiting for decades to see property ownership restored or recognized.
“This title deed, you know what it says to you? No government can ever take it away from you” explained Mashaba. “All the apartheid legislation prevented you as a black person [from] having ownership of it, you are now a house owner by law, no one can take it away,” Mashaba added, as Penelope Mashego reported.
Mashego pointed out the EFF’s regional chairman Musa Novela, joined Mayor Mashaba, saying he was happy the EFF’s manifesto goals for housing were being reached by the city.
Ineng entrepreneurs have emphasized at workshops that ownership by the people means extending property rights to all, with direct ownership for individuals and families– as opposed to ownership by the state through nationalisation. “Everywhere nationalisation has been tried it has failed,” says Temba Nolutshungu, who has chaired Ineng sessions on the matter. “Property rights held directly by the people are a foundation for prosperity and non-negotiable”.
Source of Image: Penelope Mashego, Business Day
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