Blind woman wins back house

Blind woman wins back house

MASERU – Sixteen years!
That is how long it took Mary Tau, a blind woman from Sekamaneng, to regain control of her home that had been snatched by her late husband’s cousin.
After a sixteen-year court battle Justice Tšeliso Monaphathi last week ruled that Tau should have her home back and the man who bought it should vacate it immediately.

Tau’s troubles started in 2003 when her husband who was also blind, died.
The two had been married in community of property in 1987 and had three daughters who were also blind.
Tau then stayed with her mother-in-law ’Maaron Sesinyi,who died in 2005.
From there on Tau and her children were tormented by her husband’s cousin, Mosala Sesinyi, who immediately evicted them from their home and sold it to ’Mapulane Sootho.

The court heard that Mosala Sesinyi claimed he was selling the home because he wanted to recover the costs he incurred in burying Tau’s husband.
During the trial Tau told the court that Mosala Sesinyi was lying that he funded ’Maaron Sesinyi’s funeral.
She said it was Nthane Brothers Company, whose chief executive has a home in Sekamaneng, which paid for the funeral.

Tau said the Sekamaneng community also assisted during the funeral.
Tau and the daughters were “left in dire circumstances of abject poverty and homelessness” after they were “unlawfully driven from their home”.
Tau, penniless and jobless, sought an interdict against Sootho, who bought the property in dispute. She wanted the court to block Sootho from building anything on the land until the case is finalised.
She argued that she had not approved Mosala Sesinyi’s decision to sell the property.

“This matter is made worse by the fact that (Tau) and her children have visual impairment with two of (her) children totally blind and in need of a stable home,” argued Advocate Lereko Ketsi, Tau’s lawyer.
“This calls for a speedy resolution of this matter.”
It would however take another 16 years before the matter was resolved.
Tau’s daughters are now adults and she raised them without a home, depending on the goodwill of the Sekamaneng community who offered them shelter.

The court also heard that during the dispute Sesinyi and Sootho were threatening to harm Tau and her daughters.
Justice Monaphathi found that Mosala Sesinyi had no right to the property and should never have sold it to Sootho.

Staff Reporter

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