VIDEOS: Blairgowrie’s Standard Drive’s squatter speaks out

Protesters outside the Standard Drive property. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

An evicted resident said she has had her house stolen from under her nose and in protest, has been living on the pavement for the last month.

 

All of Barbara Nyika’s property is on the pavement on Standard Drive.

Barbara Nyika said she has been living on the pavement next to the house in question on Standard Drive opposite Delta Park School since 24 July.

The evicted former house owner on Standard Drive, Blairgowrie, discusses why she burnt cables on the road

Posted by Randburg Sun on Thursday, 6 September 2018

 

According to her, she has lived there with 10 people including a 2-year-old child and on the morning of 6 September Nyika and several others burnt tyres in protest of this eviction.

She explained that she finished paying off the house in 2010 and later approached a home loan company so she could renovate it.

 

Barbara Nyika shows where she has been sleeping for the last month.

 

By 2014 she had no job and therefore could not pay the full instalments on the house. Nyika said she then explained this to the home loan company and asked to pay a smaller monthly instalment.

She claimed that by July of this year, her house was then illegally sold through an auction on the internet and added she was never given the proper notification of the sale.

Men in ANC shirts on Standard Drive in protest. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

The disgruntled evicted homeowner said she has not eaten since she was kicked out of the property.

This, she added, is not in protest but rather her fasting, as she is quite adamant she will get her house her back.

Protest on Standard Road, Blairgowrie

Posted by Randburg Sun on Thursday, 6 September 2018

 

Ward 99 councillor Nicole van Dyk, said residents of the suburb alerted her to a land invasion matter to which she responded, accompanied by Metro police.

It was then that she learnt the house was purchased last year through an auction after the bank repossessed it as Nyika had defaulted on the house payment.

Van Dyk explained Nyika and the new homeowner spent most of last year in a court battle due to the number of tenants she had living on the property.

Van Dyk said it is also alleged that there were about 30 to 50 tenants at a time.

Many of these tenants have since sourced alternate housing but all of Nyika’s property still remains on the pavement.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar explained Metro police sees anyone living on the street as a vagrant, which means even with her claims of ownership of the house, Nyikae will be seen as such.

Minnaar also said the police would never throw people’s goods away but rather they would be taken to the Metro police pound.

The Metro police recently started with their removal of vagrants campaign in the suburbs and this campaign is in full effect.

This is a developing story. Further updates will follow.

* In our video Barbara Nyaka says Ward 102 Councillor David Potter is her Ward Councillor, however, the correct Ward 99 Councillor is Nicole van Dyk  and she gave comment on the matter. 

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