BLIND madala Nelson Mhlongo was overjoyed when he finally received the title deed to his RDP house on Monday. The 74-year-old from Delmas in Mpumalanga said when he first moved into his house, he didn’t believe it really belonged to him. However, all his fears went away after he and 1 000 other RDP owners got their title deeds. Madala Nelson said he would finally live in peace. He and three others were given their title deeds at home while the other beneficiaries received them at the Botleng Community Hall. “I’m very grateful that, as of today, I’m the rightful owner of this house. I thought one day I would be told to leave. “I’m finally tasting the fruit of democracy,” he said. Gertrude Masina (66), another beneficiary, said government was looking after elderly people. “I feel very special today. I know from now on that no one can claim my house. Even if I die, my children and grandchildren will remain in this house,” she said. Most of the title deeds were handed over to child-headed families, elderly people and those living with disabilities. They were handed over by Victor Khanye acting mayor, Oupa Masilela. “Government is committed to restoring the dignity of the people of South Africa,” said Masilela. He said property ownership allowed people to get loans to start businesses.
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