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Eviction trauma for family of four in Silverton | Pretoria News – Independent Online

Irene Kock and her children have no home after being evicted from a flat they were renting from a councillor under dubious circumstances. Oupa Mokoena African News Agency (ANA)
Pretoria – A Tshwane councillor has been fingered in the illegal leasing of a flat in Silverton, which culminated with a family of four spending two nights and three days roofless after being  forcefully evicted. 

Irene Kock, who lived with her three boys aged 15,16 and 21, could hardly contain her tears when she related the incident to the Pretoria News. She was still trying to salvage her belongings which were thrown out of the flat.

According to Kock, she moved into the flat behind Silverwater Crossing in February after the councillor’s husband, who she worked with, offered to lease the place out to her for R3000 a month. The Pretoria News has withheld the name of the councillor.

“To my knowledge they (councillor and her husband) had been living at the flat in Silverton,” she said.

Everything seemed to be above board, but Kock admitted that she should have seen the red flags – first she was not given a contract to sign and every time she inquired about it, she was told it was still being drawn up. Second, she was also told to pay the R3000 cash and not deposit it into a bank account. “When I probed that as well I was told they were avoiding tax,” she said.

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