SAHRC, housing officials play nice

2012-11-23 20:03
SAHRC (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The Gauteng department of housing invited the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday to visit the area where houses have been demolished in Lenasia.

The SAHRC was invited to join Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale on a visit to the area on Monday, the department said in a statement.

Sexwale would be accompanied by Gauteng Housing MEC Ntombi Mekgwe and members of the portfolio committee on human settlements.

Earlier, the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled that no further demolitions of illegally-built homes in Lenasia would take place until an out-of-court solution was found.

Judge Phineas Mojapelo granted an indefinite postponement to allow parties to come to a "peaceful agreement" on what should be done with the houses built on land meant for government housing.

He was assured that no demolitions would take place in the interim.

Neither the department nor the SAHRC mentioned when negotiations would take place.

Mojapelo said a date would be set in court should no agreement be forthcoming.

The SAHRC approached the court for an interdict at the start of the month after the department began demolishing houses.

The plots were apparently fraudulently sold for amounts ranging from R2 500 to R95 000.

The buyers were given forged deeds of sale bearing the department's logo.

Read more on:    tokyo sexwale  |  ntombi mekgwe  |  johannesburg  |  housing

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