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Monday Mar 13, 2017

Dispute over stolen identity in sale of home

In a development that might have implications for other home owners, a Nieuw Muckleneuk woman in Pretoria turned to the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, claiming that her house in Lotus Gardens was sold from under her nose by someone who stole her identity.

Hilda Elizabeth Godwin said in papers before the court that she had never sold her house, but someone else was living there.

She applied for an order evicting Kgaogelo Jacqueline Ramalepe from the Lotus Gardens property.

But Ramalepe said she had bought the house fair and square.

Godwin, in her affidavit, stated that she was the legal owner of the property and had never sold it to Ramalepe.

"An unknown person stole my identity and used a false identity document to sell my property. This was a fraudulent transaction. I never had the intention to sell my property in the first place," Godwin said.

Ramalepe said she would not move as there was no onus on her to ascertain the true identity of the seller. Besides, she said, she had never had reason to doubt the identity of the seller, as that person had an identity document as well as the title deed of the property in her possession when she sold the house.

Judge Hennie Vos decided the matter had to be resolved via oral evidence, rather than by means of affidavits. No date has been set when the matter will finally be heard.

Pretoria News Weekend

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