LIKE any other kasi girl, Mereldia Malan (38) grew up in a four-roomed municipal house in Eersterust, Tshwane with her family. When people got title deeds to their houses after apartheid, Mereldia’s mum Linda Malan (55) did not get one for the house she’d lived in since 1982.Instead, she got an RDP house in Nellmapius’ extension 22 and left the house to Mereldia and her five kids.But Mereldia now could be on the streets as they have been given notice to vacate the house. She said a resident reported that she had no title deed and the municipality still owned it. “My mum and her parents were forcibly removed and brought here. Now under democracy, I face the same removal, When will a black person be treated with dignity?” She said the house is the only home she knows. “If it is taken from us, it will be another blow for us. My family suffered a lot under apartheid.” She said her kids were worried. “They asked me if the Red Ants will evict us. This has traumatised them..” She said government should address the issue of council-owned houses during apartheid. “I heard black women could not own houses then, so why even now under democracy that was fought for by women? City of Tshwane spokesman Lindela Mashigo said they made an agreement with her mum Linda, which has come to an end and Linda now has an RDP. “This is an emotive issue and we understand Mereldia has kids. We urge her to apply for an RDP.”
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