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North West gets back buildings

2011-12-10 22:39

Johannesburg - North West premier Thandi Modise welcomed a court ruling that gave back to the provincial government millions worth of buildings that were sold through questionable means.

"[This] should send an unequivocal message that the North West provincial administration will do everything in its power to recover state properties lost through controversial transactions," Modise said in a statement on Saturday.

Provincial spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said thousands of people were evicted from ten blocks of flats across the province in 2006 when the company Mr Property Developers sold the buildings on auction for R71.6m.

The company, one of ten investors who had interests in the properties, was alleged to have bought the buildings from the provincial government.

A Thursday ruling by Judge Adolf Landman in the provincial high court found that the North West Housing Corporation (NWHC), which owned the buildings, had never signed a binding agreement of sale with Mr Property. This meant the subsequent auction was invalid.

"According to the ruling the property was government property. There was no sale, no binding agreement," Kgwele said.

"We expect heads to roll here. It calls into question how so many people were left homeless."

Landman dismissed Mr Property's claim of R22,6m against the NWHC with costs.

Comments
  • Marius Koen - 2011-12-10 23:01

    All good and well but where is the money that was paid for this buildings???

      Susanna - 2011-12-11 09:36

      This is privileged and classified information, which is protected from public scrutiny by the new information act... Maybe the deeds office will have a clue.

  • John - 2011-12-10 23:17

    Meanwhile the Blue Light Brigade Strikes Again! Friday, 09 of December, cars on the highway from Durban gave way to a political convoy with blue lights. Remembering 1 man killed by the Blue Light Brigade in Durban, and another in Jo'burg, I protested those murders and raised my finger as they drove past. They proceeded to block me and lunge their cars at me, as I swerved, slowed and pulled away. I held strong and steadfast in my protest! My family, however, were badly shaken. It is time that the ANC realizes that they are not above criticism and rejection, and also NOT ABOVE THE LAW! I expected them to zap me back, or even lay misdemeanor charges against me. But the public harassment and bullying shows that these mental's are in a mindset of their own. They need to be banished to Antarctica! Criminal ANC!

      Alva - 2011-12-11 10:01

      Good for you! But why pollute Antarctica? Jettison them into outer space!

  • Neeus - 2011-12-11 05:47

    Good for you!

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