ANCWL slams Johannesburg demolitions

2012-11-12 16:07
Police whisk away a Lenasia woman whose house was demolished. Picture: Herman Verwey, City Press

Police whisk away a Lenasia woman whose house was demolished. Picture: Herman Verwey, City Press

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

Application to stop Lenasia demolitions

2012-11-12 09:40

The Human Rights Commission is launching an urgent court application to try and stop the demolition of illegal homes in Lenasia. Watch.WATCH

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - The demolishing of houses illegally erected on land owned by the City of Johannesburg cannot be justified in a humane society, the ANC Woman's League said on Monday.

"[We] believe, despite the legal processes undertaken, a more humane solution needs to be found to deal with the situation," spokesperson Troy Martens said.

The women of the African National Congress said reducing people's homes to rubble and leaving them homeless was cruel, even though the Gauteng government said all legal processes had been followed.

Last Thursday and Friday, the local government and housing department tore down about 50 houses in Lenasia.
The owners of the houses that were destroyed had bought the land from swindlers who gave buyers fraudulent deeds of sale.

Warnings

The department said it had warned people not to purchase or build on the land, but these warnings were apparently ignored.

Earlier on Monday, the SA Human Rights Commission secured an urgent application to have the demolitions halted.
The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg instructed the department to halt further demolitions for at least 24 hours.

Martens said the league would meet with representatives from the SAHRC and support them in preventing further demolitions.

The Inkatha Freedom Party in Gauteng condemned the actions of the department and called on the Hawks to investigate.

"We do not condone the invasion of land, we however remain opposed to it, and we are calling on the authorities to act swiftly against land invaders," IFP caucus leader Bonginkosi Dhlamini said in a statement.

Roads blocked


The party said the matter could be resolved without having to demolish all the houses. The Ecological Movement of SA said the illegal sale of the land was immaterial as families were acting within their constitutional rights.

"How can the Gauteng government claim to be sending a strong message by demolishing houses? Instead, they should be finding ways of ensuring that those who are already there pay services and other necessary fees," spokesperson Teboho Mashota said.

On Monday morning, residents in Lenasia blocked the road leading into area with rocks and burning tyres.
The road was later re-opened and police were monitoring the situation.

- SAPA

Read more on:    ifp  |  ancwl  |  johannesburg  |  protests  |  housing
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
31 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Wednesday Bellville - 07:59 AM
    Road name: N1 Outbound
    DELAYS approaching the Durban Road exit
  • Wednesday Milnerton - 07:57 AM
    Road name: Marine Drive Inbound
    DELAYS approaching Boundary Road
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

Keep it together Text. Email. Social. With all the different ways to...

From R1399.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may find yourself fascinated by something which could draw you in to obsessively exploring this subject in depth....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.