Lenasia demolitions on hold

2012-11-23 12:06
Lenasia residents sift through the remains of their demolished homes, after the Gauteng housing department destroyed 51 illegally built homes. (Cornel van Heerden, Beeld)

Lenasia residents sift through the remains of their demolished homes, after the Gauteng housing department destroyed 51 illegally built homes. (Cornel van Heerden, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - The Gauteng housing department and SA Human Rights Commission have reached an agreement to halt the demolition of illegally-built houses in Lenasia.

The two parties agreed to mediation to solve the housing crisis, eNCA reported on Friday.

Earlier, Lenasia residents packed the South Gauteng High Court to hear arguments about the demolitions.

They cheered in excitement as expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema walked into the court, clad in a yellow T-shirt and flanked by former ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, who wore a suit.

Resident cheered "kgale rego emetsi" (we have been waiting for you for a long while).

And others whispered: "We are going to win the case... with Julius here." They snapped photographs and stared at Malema.

The SAHRC, representing the residents, argued that human rights were violated when the demolitions started two weeks ago. The department said the houses were built on government-owned land which was sold illegally. Buyers were given forged deeds of sale bearing the department's logo.

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