Shell House is getting a little rough around the edges

2014-08-10 11:09

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The crown jewel in the ANC’s R67?million property empire – and one of the icons of its transition to a governing party – is falling into ruin in downtown Johannesburg.

Shell House was the first asset acquired by the party’s property holding company, Dakawa Properties, in 1991.

It was the scene of the infamous massacre of 19 Inkatha Freedom Party supporters in 1994 and was the ANC’s headquarters throughout the negotiations that led up to the 1994 elections.

It moved to Luthuli House in 1997.

At the moment, Shell House is the site of numerous low-cost shops and appears to be used by informal clothing traders to store their wares.

Contacted for comment this week, the ANC appeared unaware of what was going on in its erstwhile headquarters and told City Press the building was being rented out as office space.

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