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Protesters block road in land row

By Sapa | Nov 12, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 10 ]

Lenasia residents blocked the road leading to Lenasia Extension 13 on Monday to protest against the demolition of illegally built homes.

They blockaded the road with rocks and tyres and sang songs while police watched from two armoured vehicles.

Many of the protesters wore African National Congress, SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) and Congress of SA Trade Union (Cosatu) T-shirts.

Sanco and Cosatu have called for an immediate halt to the demolitions.

Over 100 houses which the government said was illegally erected on land owned by the City of Johannesburg were still to be demolished, the provincial local government and housing department said earlier.

“We were vindicated by the High Court last week Friday when an urgent application by the residents and those occupying that land was dismissed, as the court agreed we were acting well within our rights by demolishing those houses,” said department head Mongezi Myani.

The department would work with the police and Johannesburg metro police to ensure the demolitions went ahead with no disruptions. Officials tearing the houses down had not been intimidated, but safety was a priority.

There were no bulldozers visible on Monday morning.

Last week the department destroyed about 50 houses. Another 113 houses were yet to be demolished.  

The department said fraudsters had sold plots for between R2,500 and R95,000.

Buyers were apparently issued with fraudulent deeds of sale which had the department’s logo.

Various groups including the SA Human Rights Commission and Cosatu had criticised the demolitions. Some home owners claimed they had been living on the properties for over 10 years.

Lenasia residents also barricaded roads and burnt tyres last week.

COMMENTS [ 10 ]

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What I don't understand is..Did City of JHB only become aware of houses being built here illegally after 10 years? Why did they not do something when someone started building the very first house? Why now demolish houses that people have spent thousands on? Are squatter camps not also mostly built on City property?

Nov 12, 2012 12:46 | 0 replies

Sowet123, that's the part I don't understand. Here we have people who actually built their own houses, and did not ask government for an RDP. The land belongs to the city, so why not just help these people out instead of making them homeless? This whole process is so NP.

Nov 12, 2012 2:27 | 0 replies

The Sowetan needs to INVESTIGATE before going to "print"!! This story is not complete, it has soooo many shortcomings!

You first need to lay down the facts that answer the following simple questions (put into context):

1. Were the occupants receiving municipal services?
2. Was the CoJ billing them for this <10 year period?
3. If so, there would've been title deeds registered against the land to effect billings. Were there any? Were all the 163 houses/properties supported by "fraudulent" title deeds?
4. If there were, then weren't they the "legal occupants" of the dwellings on "legally" registered land (per the deeds office, etc)?





Nov 12, 2012 2:25 | 0 replies

The land belongs to Government why demolish houses. If it was privately owned I would understand.
Residents have spend their own money to build those houses or government want to spent more by giving all the families RDP houses?

Nov 12, 2012 2:12 | 0 replies

Good to see SANCO making the news, they are awfully quite and it's time they make the news on a regular basis.

Nov 12, 2012 1:31 | 0 replies

Imagine if ths was in Cape Town - the ANCYL and the likes of Tony Ehrenreich would have been calling for the mass murd.er of all wh.ite people by now.

Nov 12, 2012 1:28 | 0 replies

The land "sel.ling" was done during Mokonyane's tenure as MEC for housing, why are they only acting now

Nov 12, 2012 1:22 | 0 replies

I dont know where they've learnt these cruel deeds (ANC GOV) they cannt say there's no alternatives than demolishing people's homes like that,I dont even think they tried to locate down the person who scammed these people.

Nov 12, 2012 1:22 | 0 replies

@Antie:

Good questions. Why wait for someone to build and complete the house and come years later to demolish it. South Africans are treated worse by its government.

Nov 12, 2012 1:16 | 0 replies

Lenasia Youth Brutally Assaulted by Police

"We will kill him" says the policeman ... http://www.radioislam.org.za/a/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28197&Itemid=144

PERHAPS the response unit guys have good reasons and new evidence to disband the apparently racist black police officials. Shame on them all!

Nov 22, 2012 1:19 | 0 replies