Madiba saves squatters from eviction

2013-12-10 00:00

NELSON Mandela’s death saved the squatters who invaded a property development owned by embattled Durban businessman Jay Singh, from forced eviction.

The order that was to be executed last week Friday was, according to Singh, through his spokesperson Melanie Moodley, delayed to honour the death of “the father of the Nation”.

“We are a country in mourning, hence the delay. We could not function as normal. However, the sheriff was tasked to carry out the execution today,” said Moodley.

Last week over 300 people invaded a residential development in Newlands, claiming all 96 nearly completed units. The squatters are all from the Polokwane Transit Camp about two kilometres away from the housing development.

Singh was ordered to stop construction in November by the National Homebuilders Registration Council (NHBRC).

Court papers seen by The Witness filed on Singh’s behalf, said the flats already had paid for tenants who were waiting to take occupation.

Singh is the tender tycoon also linked to the collapsed Tongaat Mall, and who has netted more than R2 billion in city contracts in the last 10 years.

Last week the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) obtained a Durban high court order forcing Woodglaze Trading, owned by Singh’s wife Shireen Annamalay, from continuing with construction of its R520 million, 96-unit complex in Newlands West developed for the low-income rental market.

Squatter Ndumiso Dlamini said they will not move from the property and that they have collectively claimed the land that is rightfully theirs.

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