Illegal occupants of religious centres face eviction

2011-08-04 07:30

Religious groups illegally occupying buildings owned by the City of Johannesburg will be evicted, the City of Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) said.

This morning, the Jewish Guild Bowling Club in Observatory would be cleared by law enforcement offiicials, said spokesperson Brian Mahlangu in a statement.

JPC had also discovered illegal construction at the El Peretz Tabernacle, without the permission of the relevant authorities.

The tabernacle was occupied illegally, as it held a fraudulent lease agreement.

Mahlangu said some religious groups had unlawfully occupied council-owned buildings, claiming that they did so to practise their faiths.

The process of eviction and accompanying legal costs were a financial drain on the City of Johannesburg.

JPC is tasked with managing and protecting properties and land belonging to the City.

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