MEMBERS of the Johannesburg Inner City Residents Forum were recently allegedly snubbed by Hillbrow police station's top cop.
Director BE Mboweni had invited them to discuss the spate of buildings hijackings that have hit the inner city in recent times. But the delegation was told Mboweni was on leave when they arrived at the police station.
Owners of suspect buildings have been instructed to produce title deeds, and managers have been told to produce appointment letters from the high court or face fraud charges for renting units that do not belong to them.
"We were going to open dockets to bring a stop to this crime of fakes claiming to own flats and buildings," said Sylvester Maepa, chairperson of the forum.
The frustrated residents must now rearrange their meeting.
Since the late 1990s, a number of Johannesburg's inner city buildings have been deteriorating into disrepair, causing some parts of the city to degenerate into slums.
Real estate developer Zukile Vokwana has also voiced his disillusionment with the endless hurdles he has to negotiate to be able to develop some of the buildings in Hillbrow, Berea, Yeoville and other parts of the inner city.
He said due to fraudsters, tenants were now suspicious and did not even trust genuine entrepreneurs.