According to the Human Settlements Department, an RDP house cannot be sold before it has been owned for 8 years, and then the government must have the first option. It also said that no foreigner can own an RDP house.
The Human Settlements Department stated that Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses can only be sold after 8 years. If the house is put up for sale, the government should have the first option to buy it.
This announcement by the department follows after many foreigners in Alexandra has reportedly been evicted from their homes and attacked.
As reported by EWN, some foreigners claim they bought the houses from South Africans, where others say the houses were allocated to them.
However, Keith Khoza, spokesperson for the department, said it is not possible for a foreigner to get an RDP house.
People sold those houses the very first year we gave them, which is illegal to start with. But secondly, they sell them to foreigners who are not qualifying for this benefits. Now, the challenge that we have is that we can’t transfer that house to a foreigner.
Briefly.co.za gathered that several foreigners were evicted from their homes in Alexandra, Johannesburg.
People reportedly seized more than 15 homes over the past 3 weeks and threw out the owners' belongings and furniture. They then locked the homes and welded security gates to the doorways.
South Africans are deeply upset by the RDP houses that are owned by foreigners:
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