Gauteng govt warns of fake RDP notices, land invasions

Gauteng govt warns of fake RDP notices, land invasions

The Department of Human Settlements in Gauteng says there has been a worrying rise in scams targeting government land and RDP housing. 

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It says several fake notices are doing the rounds on social media.

“The department is currently prioritising applicants who applied between 1996 and 2000, child-headed households, and the elderly," says the department’s spokesperson Tahir Sema. 


“The department is working with limited resources and at present is not able to provide housing for the more than 1.1 million people on the waiting list. This backlog cannot be eradicated overnight; hence we appeal to applicants to be patient and exercise restraint by not invading pieces of land or incomplete houses.”

Sema says the provincial government is working with law enforcement, courts and developers to evict those occupying land illegally.  

“We would also like to issue a stern warning against illegal occupation of land and/or housing units because it makes government planning difficult and adds to the housing backlog. Criminal syndicates who are found guilty of illegally invading land and houses will face the full might of the law.”


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