Slangspruit invaders to be charged

2011-12-30 00:00

ILLEGAL occupants of RDP houses in Slangspruit will face criminal charges.

The MEC for Human Settlement and Public Works, Ravi Pillay, and Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela were appalled to find that RDP houses in Slang­spruit were being illegally occupied.

The MEC was touring Slang­spruit to monitor the progress on the project to rebuild houses that do not conform to government regulations.

The spokesperson for Human Settlement, Sureshinee Govender, said an illegal electricity connection ran from a resident’s house to one that had been “invaded’’.

Govender said the occupants were not in, but the MEC had reported the matter to the police, and ward councillor Armstrong Dlomo would bring charges against the occupants.

Govender said: “The lady next door said she does not know the man who is occupying the house and has only seen him once, yet she allows him to run the electricity off her house.”

She said the visit had been interesting because the problem of illegal invasions was not just prevalent in Slangspruit, but happened throughout the province, and the department had to apply new measures to combat it.

“As soon as houses are left standing they are a threat as they will be illegally occupied.”

Dlomo said it had been discovered that more houses had been illegally occupied in Slangspruit.

“While people are still awaiting to be allocated their houses, some just invade them,” he said.

Dlomo said the houses that had been invaded had not even been fitted with ventilators, which made them dangerous to live in.

“What infuriated the MEC during his visit was that in this particular house the invader had vandalised the door panel to gain entry, which is why a case of house breaking has been opened against the occupants,” said Dlomo.

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