Residents are warned of fraudsters who collect money from those applying for serviced stands with a promise of helping them jump the housing waiting list.
Commenting on the incidents of the Daveyton serviced stand fraud, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Human Settlements Cllr Lesiba Mpya urged Daveyton residents not to fall victim of housing fraud from unsuspicious activists and community leaders.
“To Daveyton serviced stands beneficiaries, you must continue being careful of fake activists who think they can replace the work of government. We, as the City of Ekurhuleni, have tried our best to restore housing dignity and provide adequate housing. We want to assure communities that there is one housing scheme database that is managed by the National Housing Department. We will continue to protect the communities from housing scams,” MMC Mpya said.
Cllr Mpya said there is zero tolerance to fraud, and the City has continued to allocate serviced stands in Daveyton Extension 14 and in the Mayfield Extension 45.
“Do not allow yourself to be victims of fraudulent activists, but speak to the right housing officials,” Cllr Mpya said.
Housing fraud includes:
- Unlawfully paying money or making any benefits to council officials in return for an RDP house, serviced stand and rented council property or stands.
- Queue jumping in order to receive benefit unlawfully.
- Council officials soliciting money in return for rendering service to human settlements.
- Forgery of a prospective beneficiary’s signature, or impersonating a beneficiary as well as the unlawful occupation of RDP houses.
- Subletting RDP houses or property without permission.
- Unlawfully paying or offering money to municipal staff in return for municipal land or RDP house.