<vote /> About 60 families occupying St Tropez apartments in Eastlea in Harare have appealed to Government to save them from eviction tomorrow as the National Social Security Authority reclaims its properties.

In March the Supreme Court delivered a judgement that the tenants should vacate the premises. The court ruled that the lease agreements under which the tenants moved into the flats lapsed in 2000 when they were given and took the option to purchase the flats.

The tenants have been involved in a legal battle with NSSA for the past 18 years, with the tenants arguing that they purchased the flats. The tenants argue that the problem started when NSSA sold the flats to ZRP without first giving them the option to buy as sitting tenants. They then challenged the sale and NSSA agreed for them to buy them. Some tenants say that they paid 500 000 Zimbabwe Dollars but after dollarisation NSSA made a U-turn and demanded that they pay in US dollars.

The tenants said that they were willing to purchase the flats from NSSA at any price and they have appealed to Labour Minister [[Prisca Mupfumira] ]and the Government to address their plight.

NSSA owns St Tropez, St Maxime, St Raphael, St Monaco, St Cannes and St Juan Les Pins in Eastlea, Harare.

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