A Bulawayo family has been evicted from their mother’s house after her sister claimed ownership of the property. The elderly Granger siblings and their seven children were ordered to leave the Thorngrove suburb home by a court messenger last week.
The siblings claim their mother could not have sold the house without telling them before she passed away. They suspect fraud by their aunt Rosemary Mayer who obtained a court order to evict them. Community members are supporting the family by helping raise money for a lawyer to represent them in court.
Councillor Edwin Ndlovu expressed sh0ck at the dispute. He said residents checked with the housing office and found no record of the house being sold. However, the aunt’s title deeds are dated before the deceased mother applied for hers. This raises suspicion that the aunt’s title deeds could be fraudulent.
Residents vowed to support the children legally to get justice. However, the aunt Rosemary and her lawyer declined to comment on the matter. The evicted family currently has no place to go, depending on the community for help as they fight to prove their legal right to their deceased mother’s house.