The transaction took that long because the sale and purchase of old government houses in the townships is full of problems. To ascertain that the seller is the rightful owner of the house a title deed in his/her name has to be produced, but under the Apartheid government none were issued, only "permits" proving people belonged to particular households and were therefore "legal'.
On confirmation that the sellers were indeed the rightful owners by virtue of their permits, Dudu then signed an affidavit saying she was going to buy the house but only when the title deed had been sorted out. Only after three months of advertising the sale in daily newspapers without a challenge and many visits to the council offices was the title deed finally registered in her name and the deal sealed.
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