Men in court for illegally sold land

2013-04-09 13:01
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Johannesburg - Two men alleged to have illegally sold land in Lenasia and Ennerdale will appear in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday, said the Gauteng housing department.

"[They are] the suspected kingpins in the illegal sale of state land," said department spokesman Motsamai Motlhaolwa.

Richard Zikhali and his co-accused Michael Magodola allegedly conned people out of millions of rand before being arrested and charged with fraud in 2010.

They have been in police custody since their arrest.

In November 2012, the provincial housing department demolished about 50 houses, which it said were illegally built on government land.

The occupants had been given forged deeds of sale with the department's logo.

Lenasia residents protested against the demolitions and blockaded roads leading into the area with rocks and burning tyres.

Since then, several people have been arrested in connection with the scam.

Last month, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court sentenced Mandla Dlamini, 75, to three years in jail after he illegally sold stands and promised to build houses for people in Lenasia and Ennerdale.
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