By Leona Kleynhans, DA MPL in the Free State Provincial Legislature:
The below member statement was delivered by Leona Kleynhans (MPL) during a sitting of the Free State Provincial Legislature today.
According to a reply I received from the MEC of Human Settlements, Olly Mlamleli, the department has a backlog of 63 501 title deeds which still need to be registered in the Free State Province in the name of housing beneficiaries.
According to the Annual Performance Plan of the department the target of these title deed registrations for the current year was set at 6 895 over three different programmes. It is a real shame that from April to November 2015 the Department managed to only register 663 title deeds.
At the current rate it will take the Department almost 48 years to register all the title deeds in the names of beneficiaries in the Free State.
A full title deed on a property is one of the most effective ways to economically empower our people. It gives them a foothold in the property market and allows them access to financial services, which goes a long way towards creating prosperity.
This ANC-government in the Free State is not committed to empowering our people by giving them full ownership of the properties they live in. The ANC-led government under Premier Ace Magashule would rather have the poorest of the poor remain so, completely dependent on handouts and scraps. This is the story of a careless government.
The DA has always been committed to empowering our people through ownership of tenure because we know that it is possibly one of the best measures government can take to redress the legacy of Apartheid and to economically empower our people.
The DA’s commitment to economically empower our people is seen in the performance of the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements which during the 2014/15 financial year managed to transfer full ownership of property to 31 350 beneficiaries in one year.
The message is clear. If the people of the Free State want ownership of the houses they live in, they will have to reject the ANC government and vote in the DA.