2 to appear over Lenasia housing

2013-03-12 19:54

Johannesburg - Two people accused of illegal selling of land will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court this week, the department of local government and housing said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Motsamai Motlhaolwa said Sifiso Handsome Litau would appear on Wednesday while Hilda Sikhuthe would be in court on Thursday.

They were both out on bail. The bail amount was not immediately known.

Motlhaolwa said they were arrested in 2011 and had appeared in court several times.

"The market value of the stands they sold ranges between R160 000 and R500 000," he said.

Litau sold several state stands in Lenasia Extension 13. Sikhuthe illegally sold land also in Lenasia Extension 13 and Lenasia South Extension 4.

They are facing charges of fraud.

Last week Tuesday Mandla Dlamini, 75, was sentenced to three years' imprisonment by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

Dlamini, a bricklayer, was convicted on two counts of fraud for illegally selling stands and promising to build houses for people in Lenasia and Ennerdale.

He was arrested in June last year.

In November, the Gauteng housing department demolished about 50 houses in Lenasia.

The department said it was acting within the law because the houses were illegally built on government land.

The buyers were given forged deeds of sale with the department's logo. Following the bulldozing of houses, Lenasia residents held several protests about the demolitions and blockaded roads leading into Lenasia with rocks and burning tyres.

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