Lenasia housing plan approved

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Special Lenasia intervention team

2012-12-05 09:11

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale launched an intervention team to look into the housing situation in Lenasia. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - An intervention plan for the Lenasia housing problem has been approved, the Gauteng housing department said on Tuesday.

It said Housing Minister Tokyo Sexwale and Gauteng Housing MEC Ntombi Mekgwe approved the plan at a Special Lenasia Intervention Team meeting on Monday night.

SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) chair Lawrence Mushwana still had to confirm the commission's approval of the plan.

"Commissioner Mushwana is reportedly studying the plan and discussing it with his senior management, and his response is due shortly," the department said.

"After his approval the plan will then be rolled out."

Department spokesperson Motsamai Motlhaolwa said he could not provide details on what was included in the plan, since Mushwana still had to approve it.

However, he could say what was discussed by the team.

The discussions included the need for a collection of biographical information from people living on government land in the area, to see if they qualified for government housing.

There was also a need for further engagement with chapter nine institutions, such as the public protector, the auditor general and the SAHRC.

There had to be a plan to prevent land invasion.

The intervention team was formed after the department demolished illegally built houses in Lenasia in November.

The department said it was acting within the law because the houses were illegally built on government land.

Further demolitions were halted following a ruling by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

The SAHRC took the department to court calling for demolitions to be stopped so it could investigate whether any human rights were infringed.

The plots were fraudulently sold for amounts ranging from R2 500 to R95 000. The buyers were given forged deeds of sale bearing the department's logo.

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