SACP welcomes halt on demolitions

2012-11-15 21:37
A woman unsuccessfully tries to prevent workers from demolishing her home in Lenasia. (Picture: AP)

A woman unsuccessfully tries to prevent workers from demolishing her home in Lenasia. (Picture: AP)

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Johannesburg - The decision to halt the demolition of houses illegally erected on government land in Lenasia, was welcomed by the SA Communist Party in Gauteng on Thursday.

Provincial secretary Jacob Mamabolo said this would give the residents, who were mostly black people, a break from the frustration of the lingering demolitions.

"We strongly reaffirm our well known position that these demolitions are backward, insensitive and unwarranted in the light of the many options that exist to manage such and other related contradictions," he said.

The SACP said it would continue to support the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in its attempt to halt the demolitions.

"We applaud the SAHRC for proactively taking a clear, principled and consistent stand against the Gauteng provincial government."

The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg heard from the department's lawyers that no houses would be destroyed until proceedings resumed in court on November 23.

The department of local government and housing has torn down 50 houses in Lenasia. It said they were built on land intended for government housing.

The department claimed residents were warned not to build houses there, and maintained that it was acting within the law.

However, the SAHRC took the matter to court.

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