Ekurhuleni official in court for alleged 'illegal land sale'

2017-07-12 15:44
Magistrate's Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Magistrate's Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg – An ANC Ekurhuleni official who allegedly sold land illegally using the Gauteng human settlements department's letterhead appeared briefly at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Busi Yika, 34, appeared before a packed court gallery on Wednesday facing charges of illegally selling land in Zonkizizwe, Ekurhuleni. 

A handful of Democratic Alliance (DA) members staged a picket outside court. 

Dressed in all denim which is popularly known as jean-to-jean with a white T-shirt, sporting a red short weave, Yika appeared calm. She was accompanied by two women. 

On Wednesday morning, Yika and the two victims appeared in the prosecutor's office for mediation, however, the matter was transferred back to the court after mediation failed. 

Yika allegedly used the letterhead of the Gauteng human settlements department on the proof of payment and purchase she handed to the buyers. 

The court said they needed to obtain a statement from the department confirming whether they authorised the letters. 

The matter was postponed to September 5 for further investigation.

The DA's Lebo More MPL, who attended the case, said they needed to send a strong message that "corruption is unacceptable".

"We need order. We don't need corruption in this country. There are processes if you want to buy a house," More said. 

He said it was worrying that Yika had allegedly used the Department of Human Settlement's letterhead when issuing letters to the victims.

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